I have to share something with you that just about made me happy dance. At midnight. While my baby screamed and I begged him to just go to sleep.
When it’s the middle of the night and you can’t sleep, you get desperate. When your baby can’t sleep, you get waaaay desperate. The wonderful promise in the first Psalm came to my sleep-deprived mind, “Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” So I mentally examined the Psalm, because I really needed my efforts to put this screaming babe to sleep to prosper.
And…guess what I done figgered out?
First, there’s the part about not walking in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standing in the way of sinners, nor sitting in the seat of the scornful. I really wasn’t doing any of those things at the moment, so I moved on to part 2:
But his delight is in the law of the LORD;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And I thought, Heh heh. Cause I’m literally meditating in His word at night. YESSS.
And then it hit me, as it sometimes does in verses like this one: It doesn’t say, “His delight is in the word of the LORD.” It says, “His delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
And my smile faded. Because, to be honest, I don’t really meditate in God’s law very often. I read it sometimes, but I really don’t often meditate on the rules about the golden bells and pomegranates at the bottom of the priests’ robes or the prohibitions about kindling a fire on the Sabbath. It’s not that there aren’t some powerful, wonderful truths hidden deep in those passages. It’s just that I fail to meditate on them.
So my excitement faded as puzzlement took its place in my sleepy brain. Does this wonderful promise that “whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” not apply if I am not meditating in one of the first five books of the Old Testament?
And THAT’S when it hit me!
Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
Jesus is the fulfillment of the law!!!
When I meditate on JESUS, I am meditating on the only One who’s ever kept the law perfectly: The One who gave me His righteousness when He became sin for me!
When I meditate on Jesus, the fulfillment of the law, I am blessed. And when I meditate on Him day and night without walking in the counsel of the ungodly, standing in the way of sinners, or sitting in the seat of the scornful, and when I delight in Jesus – who’s the fulfillment of the law, whatsoever I do prospers.
When things aren’t prospering, I need only to go back to that reset button of Psalm 1.
Isn’t that awesome?! Maybe you already knew that, but in case you didn’t and, like me, have wondered if you could ever qualify for a “Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” kinda life, just meditate on Jesus! The Jesus in the Bible, in every page, whose truth and glory is woven into every strand of creation’s DNA. Meditate on Him day and night and prosper!
And yes, baby John did fall asleep. 🙂
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