“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the river bank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” – Psalm 1:1-3
Who we get our advice from has a serious effect on our ability to prosper. We might like to think we can spend our time with anyone we please – allowing our ears to be filled with all sorts of information and opinions – and then walk away and make an “independent” decision. But our brains aren’t wired that way. What we expose our minds to becomes a part of the organic matter helping to make our decisions. And those decisions have a huge impact on how our lives turn out. As we think, so are we (Proverbs 23:7).
The Bible is filled with verses reminding us to set our minds on the Word of God. This scripture tells us to delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night. To delight is to take great pleasure in something. In order to take great pleasure in the Word of God, a light bulb has to turn on for us in a spiritual sense. We have to get a revelation of the power of the Word as we experience it. Meditating on the word “day and night” can help us get to this point of revelation. The more we consider the Word of God, the more opportunity the Holy Spirit has to reveal truth to us through it. As we begin to see the great wisdom buried in the scriptures, delight is a natural reaction. We’ll begin to feel as though we just found a buried treasure!
When we delight ourselves in the law of the Lord and set our mind to meditate on his Word day and night, our minds are bathed in the wisdom of the Word and a transformation takes place. We find ourselves positioned perfectly (planted along the riverbank – right next to the water source), fruitful (bearing fruit each season), and remaining healthy and strong (leaves that never wither). Taking advice from God himself through his Word – delighting in it and meditating on it – will cause us to prosper in all we do.