July 13, 2018
Psalm 1:1-2…Blessed is the man…..whose delight is in the Law of the LORD, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
After the death of Moses, Joshua was chosen to take over leadership so as to continue to lead the children of Israel to their promised land. God told him to take the Book of the Law handed over to him from Moses seriously. Joshua 1:8 says, This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein, for then it shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. Joshua was successful because he obeyed all that was written in the Book of the Law. He meditated on the Word, believed the word and obeyed all the instructions.
After the death of Joshua, there was no righteous leader like Joshua to take up the mantle of leadership, and the people of Israel set aside God’s law, and replaced it with their own desires. Judges were raised at different times to help them but they soon returned to their sins. The last verse in the book of Judges says, every man did that which was right in his own eyes..Judges 21:25. It was a terrible time for children of Israel because there was corruption within and oppression without (from their neighbors). We can see that obeying the Law is actually for our own good. When Joshua put his mind into the Law, he was guided by the Word and then it was easy for him to prosper.
God gave us his Law so that we can enjoy this world that he gave to us to inhabit. For us to prosper (blessed) in this world, we need to develop interest in the Book of the Law like Joshua did. We need to meditate on it daily. There is power in the word of God which can transform any believer if he or she holds on to the Word. The blessing that is being referred to is not only physical wealth as the world claims it to be, but spiritual, emotional, good health, peace of mind and all others as in Deuteronomy 28: 1-13. Hebrew 4:12 says that the word of God is quick (alive) and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Whatever situation you are going through there is word of God that is applicable to it and holding on to that promise will give you peace of mind until it is resolved.
Let us therefore delight in the Word of God and meditate (think, rehearse, believe it, hold on to it) until we see the Word come alive in us. God bless you as you obey the word of God today.