Psalm 1: 1-2 (NLT)
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
When I first read this scripture passage I will admit that at first I was plenty confused. I had no idea what it was talking about. So I read it in a few different translations until the meaning sunk in. As it did sink in I was once again reminded of the fallen world we live in. So many on this earth find great joy in sinning, mocking, following awful advice. Heck, we have whole tv shows with the premise of mocking others. Hasbro even recently released a game mocking those of the Millennial generation. Regardless of how you feel about them, this game is clearly taking advantage of the wide base of people who openly mock and make fun of this generation.
It can be easy to get sucked into this fallen world’s ways, can’t it? We follow the advice of a friend even though it will hurt someone because the benefit to ourselves is too tempting. We hang out with that “wrong” crowd because they give us something we are missing and deeply crave. We mock others because whether we like to admit it or not on some level it makes us feel good about ourselves. In those moments where we openly ridicule it can be easy to forget that those words can cause damage so great it could forever alter that person’s life for the worse. We are too caught up in that temporary feeling of euphoria to even notice the hurt we have just caused.
If we look closely at the scripture for this week you can see that it is giving you the answers to what you seek when we go out and do those bad things. Usually when we sin we are seeking something we need. We are missing something. We are all born with a piece of us missing. We have a natural craving for it to be filled. As we go through life seeking sometimes others will make that hole bigger to try and fill in their own hole. It never works. That feeling you get quickly fades and there you are looking to fill that hole again.
If we abandon our sinful ways and really dive into what God tries to tell us we will find what we are looking for. God’s the one that can fill that hole. He is the one that can make you feel loved, accepted, forgiven…whole. He has the missing pieces but accepting them might mean sacrifice on your part. It may mean letting go parts of your life that seem important right now, but in reality, are keeping you from something far greater. If you are willing to let go and embrace the life he wants to give, you may find yourself slowly begin to change.
The words in the bible that didn’t make sense before or meant nothing will suddenly come to life. You may find yourself developing this weird ability to remain at peace and happy when your life seems to be falling apart around you. People will notice a change for the better and the parts you gave up for him will seem silly because what you have is so much better. He has that missing piece. You just have to give him a chance.
Lord, help me to let go of the parts of my life that are keeping us apart. Help me to see the world the same way you see it. Help me to fully embrace you and the life you have planned for me. Please fill that hole within me. Give me what I am missing so sin doesn’t hold me in its grip. In your name.
Song of Meditation: