Psalm 1:1-2 “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.”
I do not know about you, but my Saturdays are a bit slower paced. I ‘sleep in’ till 6:00am which for some is too early for a Saturday! My Dad was one to never waste daylight. Growing up, we had work to do every Saturday before we were allowed to play with our friends. Whether it was yardwork, going out to the family garden, or cleaning the house; work before play – always.
As spring has finally sprung here in midwestern America, it is now time to take the work outdoors. My lawn will need it’s first mowing. Leaves left over winter need raking. Weeds pulled. Garden cleared. Time to take out the garden hose and the mower.
But this spring is different. I am returning to being the one, alone, to do the work. You see, for almost 30 years, I have had the privilege of having three boys around the house to help with the chores. Those days, we worked together to accomplish much. We formed a bond that, even to this day, is strong between us.
Working together builds relationships. Side by side, shoveling, raking, mowing, trimming, weeding, and watering; whatever needed to be done; we found a mutual satisfaction in accomplishing whatever it was needing our attention.
We talked. We laughed. We wrestled. We worked. And after it was done, we stepped back and admired our handiwork. I always tried to genuinely thank them for their hard work and give them the credit for the result.
Today, each of our children are hard workers. They are always willing to step in and lend a hand. Whether at their place of work, in their homes, in their church; wherever it is needed.
Saturday morning musings are thoughts I have while meditating on what I’ve read for the day.
“Blessed is the man…”
I want to be a blessed man. The alternative is to live on the judgment side as the enemy of God. I want all the areas of my life to be blessed. My relationship with Him; my marriage, my parenting and now my ‘grand’parenting. I want my work for my company to be blessed. My teaching, my ministries, my preaching and all that I do to be looked upon by my Heavenly Father and see Him look back and say; “That’s my boy! I’m proud of you!”
This psalm has special meaning for me. Every week of the world, we quote this psalm in our Friday night program; RU Recovery. Seeing former addicts memorize the six verses that make up this psalm is a sight to see. We have stood as a group in the front of our church and recited it together.
It tells where to walk, who to walk with; where to stand and what company to keep when I do. It tells me where to sit and those with whom I am to gather round me. But then the psalmist says:
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Saturday mornings are a delight to me because of that very verse. His Word has become precious, beloved and cherished over the years. The meditation on the things of God get sweeter and sweeter each day. My Father draws me into thoughts that challenge me; provoke me, convict me.
My Heavenly Father has chastened me in love. He has comforted, and healed; dried my tears and held me until the danger passed. When I meditate on all that God has done for me, my heart is overwhelmed and usually a time of praise and worship follows.
The result is found in the following verse:
Psalm 1:3 “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.”
May you prosper today in the knowledge that you are His; that Heaven is your home. That He has gone to prepare a place for you and me should cause our hearts to rejoice. Immerse yourself in the thoughts of meeting Jesus for the very first time.
Seeing those nail-pierced hands and feet; realizing the Author and Finisher of your faith stands before you… The time will come to thank Him for all He has done in your life. I know I will fall on my face in the presence of His righteousness and holiness. I will definitely be overwhelmed with the thought that my faith has now become sight.
As you begin your day, or whenever you read this; take some time to meditate on that meeting. Prepare while there is still time!