You may ask, how can one delight him/herself in the presence God? Here is the life in the Lord’s presence looks like when you decide to please Him.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:1-2).
The word blessed means “happy” or inward joy is theirs.” An exclamation of strong emotion, it results from deep reflection on a subject. That is, those with destitute hearts sense their spiritual need and seek after God. They have the advantage and the great joy of being able to cry out to God for help.
The psalmist paints a picture of the gravitational pull of evil. The counsel of the ungodly refers to advice that encourages people to live evil lives without concern for righteousness or obedience to God. The ungodly move from counsel to walking on the path to settling into the seat as they embrace an evil way of life.
To delight yourself in the Lord, means having the pleasure to please Him, obeying His word and living your life accordingly. He is your all in all, you’re nothing without Him. He is your focus, your source of strength, your desire is to know more of Him. And you spend time in His word, following His precepts, instructions, and the teachings of Him. You habitually or intentionally meditate, ponders, and studies His word day and night. You see Him as the lover of your soul, and every fiber of your being yearns to be in His presence.
And when you are planted in His presence, you become like a tree nourished constantly by the supplies of water from the river (God, Himself). Storms will come, wind will blow, heat will burn, the snow will fall, but in all these you remain stable for your root is firmly planted in the Lord, who is your anchor. You can endure any circumstance because the supply of grace drawn from the Word of God is what sustains you. Your faith is reflected by your delight in God’s Word and you live according to it. You shall bear fruit like a palm tree and flourish in the courts of our God. You shall always be flesh and flourishing.
Obedience begins with a relentless quest to know and take to heart God’s Word, heeding to what He tells you!
- Who is giving you counsel?
- Do you delight yourself in the Word of God and obey Him?
Prayer: Father, I thank You for the gift of today, give me the desire to delight myself in Your word and be planted in Your presence. Amen!
Read: Psalm 1:1-6, Psalm 92:12-14