Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Blessed Man

“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,
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
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” (Psalm 1:1-3).

There are two key words, in verse 2 “delight” and “meditates”.

His delight is in the Law of the Lord. His meditation is day and night, all the time.

The result is wonderful, fruitful, doesn't fade, and does prosper.

Meditation is not reading, studying, memorizing listening, or reciting. It is soaking in this wonderful truth by thanking God all of the time for this truth.

Let's do it together every day and every night.

“Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
and in whose spirit is no deceit” (Psalm 32:1-2).

The blessed man is a forgiven man, his sins are covered, and not held against him.


Anonymous said...

How does one meditate on the Law of the Lord without becoming a legalistic person. Lots of people quote Scripture. Don't both those who think on Scripture rightly and those who do it wrongly, both believe that they are doing it rightly?:

James I Wilson said...

The key difference is highlighted in Jim's exhortation to "delight" in the law while "thanking God all the time for this truth." A legalist isn't thankful as thankfulness implies gratitude for something received. The legalist is all about "doing" for personal praise. But, as Jesus said, such a one has already received his reward from those that admire him (Matt 6:5). Also, delighting comes from a spirit that recognizes God's love as manifest in His law. A legalist views God as a task master with hard rules. Therefore, you avoid the pitfall of legalism by responding in faith to our true, loving and gracious God with a spirit of delight and gratitude.
Matt Meyer for Jim Wilson