What is the delight or pleasure of your heart? Sometimes we believe that our motive for decisions was just random, but that really isn’t the case. Each decision that we make is guided by someone, something or some factor. In order to make right decisions, we need a guide to help us. But who are what is the guy? We have heard through TV, the media, music and whatever a variety of sources for guidance. “Let your conscience be your guide,” said Jiminy cricket. Cute song, but a bad idea. “Listen to your heart,” says countless others. But the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:2)
Psalm one shows us how to get guidance. We get guidance by speaking truth to ourselves or as the psalm say, meditate on God’s word. This meditation is not necessarily deep thinking, but instead a murmuring of the word of God to oneself. You could accomplish this by finding a passage that God gives you and continually recite it to yourself thoughout the day or you may murmur biblical principles to yourself as you face specific challenges to yourself.
I remember doing this as part of the Reformers Unanimous program. Through it, I lowered my cholesterol by 50 points. Each time I saw donuts or potato chips, I would quote the biblical principle, “If God is against it, so am I.” That act is exactly what Psalm one is all about. A blessed life or a happy life comes by meditating on God’s law day and night.