If spiritual habits are part of God’s plan to make you happy, then what are these habits and how do you perform them?
The Bible talks about a good number of habits, but we want to start at the very beginning. Every other habit hinges upon this first one. If you don’t have this habit down, the rest will neither make sense or really “work” in your life, and it is this: the habit of meditating on God’s word.
Psalm 1 powerfully portrays this habit. Look at the phrase “happy is the person” in verses 1-2. This descried happiness is linked to God’s word throughout Psalm 1 and this is intentional. To experience God-given happiness, we must first meditate on the word of the LORD.
In the original language, “law” means much more than legal matters. It means “instruction.” No doubt, the author of Psalm 1 has in mind all of Scripture. This is because the whole Bible contains God’s instruction. So, we can read the text as such, “Happy is the man/woman whose delight is the Bible and on God’s Bible he/she meditates day and night.”
Now, how do we receive this God-given happiness? It comes by meditating on God’s word.
What does that mean?
In the original, the verb, “to meditate” conveys the idea of murmuring, of muttering. For the author, to meditate means that one is whispering and recalling God’s word. It means that one is pondering and even memorizing God’s word. It is the reflecting on the word of God in the course of daily activities. Do you see?
So, are you meditating on God’s word?
If we’re being honest with ourselves, partly why we don’t meditate on the Bible is because we don’t delight in it. Right, can we be honest? We be like, “Nope, there are other things I’d much rather do.” Instead of meditating on God’s word, we rather meditate on the things of the world, and this is a harsh indictment against us because there is a clear relationship between delight and meditation. If we meditate more on the things of this world than God, it shows where our true delight is.
The author knows this, which is why he shows a contrast. You are either meditating on the words of the world – walking in the counsel of the wicked, standing in the way/in the lifestyle of sinners, and sitting in the seat of scoffers – or you are meditating on the word of God.
So, which are you meditating on? Sisters and brothers, if you want to experience deep happiness, then meditate on God’s word. Amen?