We define the word enjoy as:
- To have a good time
- To have for one’s use or benefit
- To take pleasure or satisfaction in
Based on the above definitions, I enjoy many things in daily life.
- A tasty meal or snack.
- A walk in nature.
- The afterglow of a beautiful sunset.
- Reading a good book.
- Time with friends around a firepit.
- Completing an important project.
- And so on.
But how do these definitions apply to God?
- What does it look like to have a good time with God?
- How is God useful and beneficial to us?
- Is there a uniqueness to the pleasure or satisfaction found with God?
We will answer these questions by studying Psalm 1.
What leaps out first from this Psalm that instructs us on how to enjoy God?
Consider the first word, blessed, which in Hebrew can also be translated as happy.
Blessed or happy is who?
Some translations use the word “one”, “person”, or even “those” instead of “man” to avoid gender offense in today’s worldview.
However, in the original Hebrew language, the singular noun used is literally “man”.
The blessed or happy man does not walk, stand, or sit with whom according to verse one?
Did you notice that the wicked, sinners, and scoffers are all plural nouns in contrast with the singular noun of the blessed or happy man? What is the significance of this contrast implying?
Have you ever felt alone in your life in the temptations you face to remain strong against the grain of a worldview that is ignorant of God or antagonistic towards God?
The “wicked”, as described throughout scripture, are those who are rebelling against God. Part of their rebellion is to call out to others to join them in their way of life. This is their “counsel” or “advice”.
A blessed or happy man, according to Psalm 1, refuses to walk the path of rebellion by not listening to their counsel.
Unlike walking by something, standing implies aligning oneself with either a person, idea, or organization. Standing with sinners, in Psalm 1, is to align oneself with a way of life that is against God’s instructions.
Refusing to align oneself with sinful behavior is the blessed or happy man’s regular practice.
We relate the significance of sitting to the status of authority. Consider a judge in an American courtroom. Typically, the people attending court stand before the judge enters the room and only sit after the judge sits. This is a formality that communicates the judge presiding over the court proceedings has the authority to render judgment.
One who scoffs at something is rendering a negative judgment against something. In Psalm 1, the scoffing is against God.
But again, the blessed or happy man refuses to sit with those who scoff against God.
Note how the progression of listening to wicked advice leads to aligning oneself with sinning, followed by scoffing against God.
It is not an accident that the psalm equates walking with listening, standing with aligning, and sitting with scoffing.
This progression gives a great visualization of becoming miserably enslaved by evil.
Now that we know what the blessed or happy man does not do, what does he do instead?
Review verse two.
We define delight as taking great pleasure or giving keen enjoyment.
What is the blessed or happy man delighting in, according to verse two?
What is the law of the Lord?
Keeping in context with verse one, the law of the Lord refers to receiving the counsel, control, and authority as found in the word of the Lord as opposed to the wicked, sinners, or scoffers.
Verse two further reveals the best way to stay grounded in the law of the Lord is to meditate on the Lord’s law or instructions, day and night. Consistent time spent reading, studying, speaking, and pondering scripture brings blessedness or happiness to the man in Psalm 1.
Consider the Lord’s instructions to Israel in Deut 6:4-9.
How does Deut 6:4-9 support Psalm 1:2?
Instead of relying on other humans to guide us in our daily lifestyle, scripture reminds us that when we choose to listen to the Lord’s counsel, align ourselves with His ways, and submit to His judgments, we will enjoy God.
Identify some ways you find yourself pressured to stray from the Lord’s counsel, ways, and judgments.
Based on Psalm 1:1-2, is there anything you need to change in your daily lifestyle that will strengthen your enjoyment of God?
How did this study encourage you today?
PS. The next post will be in two weeks so I can spend some time with my family celebrating our memories of my Aunt Marlyce, who recently passed from this life to be with the Lord.