Note: My previous post covered Psalm 1:1 which is David’s “letter to parents and Christian schools or home schools” what NOT to do.
“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; (2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. (3) He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. ” (NKJV)
What TO do (from verse 2):
After David tells us what not to do in verse 1, he follows very simply with what to do in verse 2. He begins with his delight, meaning the person’s delight is “to incline to”, or “to take pleasure in”: the law of the Lord. In the time of David, the “Bible” they had at the time was the 5 books of Moses called the Pentateuch, which are the first 5 books of our Bible, more commonly knows as “The Law”. Today, we are to take that to mean the entire Bible. So we are to delight in studying and living the Bible. God’s laws for us are in His Word, which should give us delight, and should give our children delight.
We can use these first two verses as a litmus test of a child’s (or student’s) relationship with God. We can gauge our children’s world view. If a child enjoys or delights in doing what is in Psalm 1 verse one, and don’t enjoy or don’t delight in verse 2, then something is terribly wrong. Aside from the heart of the child, either the parenting is wrong, or the schooling of the child is wrong, or both. We can use these two verses as a gauge of our own spiritual condition as well. If we delight in verse 1, and not in verse 2, so will our children or our students, and then according to the first word in this Psalm, none will be blessed.
David continues by telling us how to recognize those three types of people in verse 1 (ungodly, sinners, and scornful), so we do not engage them as influences or teachers. We do so not only by delighting in the law of the Lord, but on those laws we are to meditate day and night. The best way to recognize something as false is to study what is true. It takes a lot of time, energy, and commitment to study God’s word, and the best way to make good use of our time is to weave the Bible into our daily lives, and especially the learning portion of our lives. (Which we all know is ongoing for us all, but is predominantly during schooling years.)
As in verse 1, David uses poetic verbiage to convey frequency, and he is saying here we should meditate on God’s Word “all the time”. Not just once in a while, and I like to say to students: not just Sunday mornings in Sunday school, but Monday school, Tuesday school, Wednesday school, etc., as well as at home. The Hebrew word for “meditate” means to study, ponder, and talk. So, all the time, a person should either study God’s Word, think about God’s Word, or talk about God’s Word. It is vital for this to occur during all of a child’s learning years. This passage therefore can be used to argue the point that all schooling, including high school and college, should be Christian. As Christ points out in Luke 6:40, “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher.” Who is teaching your child? What is being taught to your child? What teacher will your child be like?
One more thing I want to mention about verse 2 is the Hebrew meanings of “day” and “night” can also occasionally mean good times and bad times. We, and our kids, are to meditate on God’s Word in good times, and bad. Being blessed by God (see verse 1) is the goal here. Your children will be blessed by God if their education includes God’s Word in every subject, and their home life involves God’s Word, and done so at all times, including good times and bad.
Tomorrow will be part 3 in this series “The Results:.
Copyright 2012, Kevin Brownlee