Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish. – (Psalm 1 ESV)
What we meditate on shapes our minds, wills and emotions. Our actions are determined by our thought-life. Meditating on God’s word day and night is foundational to the life of the disciple, and there is no Christianity without discipleship. Holy Scripture is “God breathed.” God’s words have creative power – he spoke the world into existence. He raises those who are spiritually dead to life with a word.
King David ask God to create in him a clean heart. God’s creative activity in the human heart never ceases. And just as our Creator created the human race by breathing life into Adam, so he has created a new race called Christians, by giving us his Spirit. We are, spiritually speaking, a new creation in Christ, whom God has created out of the mist of fallen humanity.
God has given his children access to the blessed life – which actually means true happiness. A key component to spiritual growth is avoiding the counsel of the wicked, at all cost. And to avoid the talk and the reasoning of those who scoff at God and his people. This should be our goal, not only for this new year, but for the rest of our lives.
With the right amount of prayer, and meditation on the Word of God – our souls will flourish and prosper. Listening to Hollywood, the media, politicians and the talking heads of popular culture, can lead to spiritual depression. But, listening to God brings a deep sense of joy in the mist of a confused and negative culture.
Finally, as we learn to think deeply on the written Word we will mature in our thinking with the ultimate goal of having the mind of Christ.