"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 scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he mediates day and night" (Ps. 1:1-2).
A passion to know God through meditating on His Word. Happiness. The two go hand in hand. The one who meditates on God through His Word "is like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither" (Psalm 1:3).
Six of the psalms begin with the words, "Blessed [or "How happy..."] is the man . . ." (Ps. 1; 32; 41; 112; 119; 128). And at least eight other psalms describe the man who is blessed or happy (2:12; 33:12; 34:8; 40:4; 84:4-5, 12; 89:15; 94:12; 106:3). In each of these psalms, the Word of God plays a central role in this "blessed" or "happy" man's life.
The writer of Psalm 1 understands that genuine happiness is found in aligning himself with God, HIs Word, and His purposes for his life--not in seeking his own way. These verses reveal several truths about happiness:
The enemy is an illusionist-transforming evil into good by falsely advertising happiness, the majority as right, and making good appear boring and unfulfilling. Delighting in the Word day and night enables the righteous to detect the enemy behind the illusion-and run.
What does Psalm 2 reveal about human nature and how good government should work?
What does Psalm 10 reveal about wicked men? How should righteous people respond to those who are wicked?
Describe the contrast between the wicked in Psalm 10 and the righteous in Psalm 33, Psalm 71 and Psalm 91?
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The 365 Daily Devotion, written by Iva May, is a brief devotion drawn from the day’s reading of the One Year® Chronological Bible delivered to your email. Each daily devotion concludes with several questions that strengthen reading engagement.