Psalms 1

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
   or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
   and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
   which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
   whatever they do prospers.

I have a wonderful mentor in Traverse City and have had for over 20 years, and one of the first things he asks me when we get together is, “are you in the word?”

Many people come to him for counsel, especially when they’re struggling, and he always asks them the same question, “are you in the word?”

See, for this wise man of God, whatever is happening in your life, whatever your struggles, whatever situation you find yourself in, if you are not reading and mediating and gleaning wisdom from the life-giving word of God, his feeling in a sense is, “What can I do for you?” In other words, “whatever I tell you will always be in conjunction with God’s word.”

Psalm 1 shows us a wonderful picture that those who would genuinely worship the one, true God, also fervently and perpetually embraces the word of God—he or she reads it, meditates on it, obeys it, and actually relishes it the way a child would relish the words of the father he idolizes.

If you’re like most Christians, and you were asked “are you in the word?” your response would likely be, “Not as much as I should be,” which more often than not in my experience means “I’m not in the word at all.”

Why is this so important to be in the Word of God? Is it just some legalistic discipline for you to put on your resume when you stand before God? To say “I was religious about my daily devotions. I never missed”  If it is that’s nothing more than pharisaical legalism.

It is important to be in God’s word and to meditate on it and cherish it because, like a tree planted by streams of water, God’s word gives life.

I urge all my brothers and sisters in Christ to be in God’s word because nearly everywhere else you turn in this life you are confronted with the very flawed and deceptive ideas and doctrines of man. And the result in our Psalm describes neglecting God’s word as wicked.

The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Psalm 1:4

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 14:12

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