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Monday, July 8, 2024

The Greatest Delight in Your Life


Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

—Psalm 19:14


When the meditation of our heart is right, our words will be right, too, for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). 


The Hebrew word “rasah,” which was translated as “acceptable” in Psalm 19:14, means “delight” (Strong’s Concordance). To accept is not only to receive something but to receive it with pleasure. David declared in this verse, “Let my meditation be a delight to You.” 


How many of our thoughts does the Lord take pleasure in?


“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2).


During David’s time, all that existed was the Law. The Law, written by Moses, comprised the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). We now regard David’s referral to “the Law” as God’s whole Word. The Law is now fulfilled in Christ. When we meditate on Scripture, we meditate on it in light of what the grace of God has accomplished on our behalf. When David placed a blessing on those who walked according to the Law, he placed the blessings purchased through the precious blood of Christ on those who delight in His Word.


The Hebrew word, “hagah,” which was translated as “meditate” in Psalm 1:2, was translated as “imagine” in Psalms 2:1.


“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing” (Psalm 2:1, KJV)?


“Hagah,” translated in the KJV as “imagine,” was also translated as “to study” in Proverbs 15:28 and 24:2). “Hagah” means “to murmur (in pleasure or anger); by implication, to ponder” (Strong’s Concordance). We are to meditate on, study, and ponder the Word of God.


In Psalm 1:2, David describes what the godly meditate on and what it produces. In Psalm 2:1, he reveals what the heathen meditate on and its disastrous results.


Since this same Hebrew word was translated as “meditate,” “imagine,” and “study,” it is evident you cannot meditate or study without using your imagination. Meditation takes the words you read or hear and ponders them until a mental picture forms in your imagination. The picture you see inside will direct what you see on the outside.


This is why it is so important that we delight in the Word of God. Mediating creates mental images that become who we are and direct our lives. We can either be as those in Psalm 1:2, blessed in the Word of the Lord, or those in Psalm 2:1, who don’t believe and suffer devastation. 


What you think or imagine becomes who you are (Proverbs 23:7). Christians who don’t meditate on and study the Word or imagine what the Holy Spirit reveals will miss out on the blessings that are theirs in Christ. 


However, the Christian who delights in the Word and mediates on it again and again “shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3-4).


What is the delight of my life? Am I continually meditating on the Word, studying and imagining it? I don't want to miss knowing the fullness of the greatest delight of my life, Christ in me, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).

Let the meditations of my heart delight you, O Lord, my Redeemer.




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