By: Danny Chua
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. (Psalm 1)
The psalmist exalts the righteous man who dwells in the Word of the Lord. Not just that, but really because he dwells in the law both DAY AND NIGHT. That is the core of the righteous man’s delight, never a chore to him, but joy found in the duty of obeying his Lord, enjoying God.
We must ask at this point how we can be like a faithful child that dwells in God’s word both day and night. How can we know, how shall we know whose counsel to walk in, whose way to stand in, whose seat to sit in? For we are intrinsically depraved and deviant from the Lord and His law (Romans 3:10-11, As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God), even (and may I say especially) when we know His commandments.
At this point, I realize I am stumped by 2 questions. The first being: how can we desire to read God’s word? I respect that there is definitely the entirety of the Spirit’s work in our hearts; the Spirit gives us the desire to desire Christ the Son and the Living Word of God. So unless the Spirit moves or we invite the Spirit’s work, its really a herculean effort for possibly little result to try and nudge someone into reading the Bible. So with such a basis (the Spirit working in our hearts) established, we still need to wonder why picking up the Bible is one of the most outstanding, traditionally challenging problem. For the aspiring believer, 3 reasons why you don’t read your bible (myself included), knock yourself out!
The second question: how can we know (includes doing eh) right from wrong? Self explanatory (easier to accept if you believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible) reference: 2 Timonthy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
So, lets face the challenge now, we barely pray and converse with our Father throughout the day, much less do the “day and night” thing with the Bible at all. I guess there’s no other way around it, lets put in some effort to work towards that! May we bring forth fruit in season, and may our source of strength, glory, and hope be Christ alone when we prosper in what we do!