Read the words of Psalm 1. Sit with them. Think upon them. Be changed by them.
“Blessed is the onewho does not walk in step with the wickedor stand in the way that sinners takeor sit in the company of mockers,but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,and who meditates on his law day and night.That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,which yields its fruit in seasonand whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.Not so the wicked!They are like chaffthat the wind blows away.Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”
Commit to being one who delights in the word of God.
Pull out your Bible.
Read it. Listen to it. Delight in it.
Sit with the words.
Wrestle with them.
Steep in their truth.
Ask God to give you a hunger for His truth.
Ask God to teach you.
Ask God to help you to believe that which you would rather not.
Ask Him to change you.
Ask Him to make you like a tree planted by streams of water—refreshed, filled, and bearing fruit.
Ask Him to help you live that which you read.
For this is the way to know the heart of God. He reveals who He is through His word. He teaches us about His will for the world. He helps us to recognize the voice of His Holy Spirit, which always agrees with Scripture, so that we can learn to respond in the moment to His nudges.
Grace and peace be ours in abundance as we seek God by immersing ourselves in the Word of God. May we find that we become more of who God desires as we sit with His word, and surrender to the transformation He wants to work in our lives through it. As we do may we find that we are more in love with Jesus; more effective in sharing God’s Story, proclaiming Christ; more aware of the places where we need to respond in repentance; and more in tune to the ways in which we should be in prayer for our families, our friends, our leaders, our country, and for the hurts of the world.