This is the second installment on my study on Psalm 1, which was started yesterday. If you have not read it, I suggest you refer to the article entitled, “God wants you to prosper in everything you do –1” under the Category of “Articles From Yeap Chee Seng”. Let us do a recap on the contents in the first installment.
In Psalm 1:1, we can see that God started with the word “blessed”. The Amplified Bible explains it as happy, fortunate, prosperous and enviable. The subsequent part tells us what not to do in order to be blessed. These are, not relying on the counsel of the ungodly, not being in the paths of sinners and not hanging out with the scornful and mockers. If you don’t remember or have never read it, I suggest you read it again.
So far, we were told the meaning of being blessed and what not to do in order to be blessed. Psalm 1:2 tells us what to do.
2But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.
Psalm 1:2 (Amplified Bible)
So we need to delight and desire in the law of the Lord. This law refers to the entire teachings of the Lord, which is the Bible. Please note that at the time this verse was first written, the Bible as we know it today did not exist. What they had then were the first few books of the Bible. In other words, they only had a fraction of what we have today. I find this very encouraging because if those people in the past can be blessed from just a small fraction of the Bible, how much more will we be blessed today, considering the fact that we have the entire Bible. So, if they can live in prosperity just by meditating on their scriptures, then we the christians of today must be living in exceeding prosperity if we meditate on our Bible, which is far superior than theirs.
It is clear that, God gives us his precepts, instructions and teachings in the form of the Bible in order to make us prosperous. God wants us to be rich in every area of our lives. If God does not want us to be rich, he would never have given us the Bible. If you are wondering today whether it is the will of God for you to be rich, just check your bags, drawers, bookshelves or any place in your house. Can you find a Bible? If you can, then you can be sure that God wants you rich. If you can’t, just get one. You can even download it for free from the internet. The Bible is the clearest proof that God wants every believer to be rich.
I would like to bring to your attention to the words “delight” and “desire”. Reading the Bible without the delight and desire will not result in blessings. This is what the religious people are doing. Sometimes, you may wonder, these religious people read the Bible and some can even memorise them better than us yet they are against direct Bible teachings like prosperity, health and protection. Why is that so? I believe the answer lies in the absence of delight and desire in the Word.
They read the Bible as a religious requirement. Their religion tells them they must read the Bible. So they forced themselves to read the Bible as though it is a suffering they have to endure as the followers of the True Religion. When they read the words in the Bible, they interpret them based on the religious doctrines that were implanted in them by their religious teachers and not on the actual meaning of the Bible.
Let me give you an example. Consider the following verse.
19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;
Psalm 34:19 (NIV)
The above verse can be broken down into 2 parts:
Part 1: A righteous man may have many troubles
Part 2: but the LORD delivers him from them all
People who are under the bondage of religion can only see Part 1. For some reasons, they cannot see Part 2. If you point out Part 2 to them, they will probably invent some alternative meanings for it. In other words, in their mind Part 1 is literal and means what it says but Part 2 is not literal and has other meanings despite the fact that they are both from the same verse. This is what I experienced when I was in a religious church.
Are you under the bondage of religion? Here is a test. Answer this question:
Does the Bible say a righteous man may have many troubles?
If your answer is “yes” then you are religious because you can only see the first part in Psalm 34:19. A spiritual and discerning christian will answer “no”. The Bible never says a righteous man may have many troubles. The Bible says a righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Spiritual and discerning christians read the Bible in its proper context.
Let us continue with Psalm 1:2. Having the Bible in front of us and be happy about it, is not enough to make us prosperous. According to the subsequent part of the verse we have to he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. We have to meditate on it. When the Bible says “meditate”, it is different from the meditation in the Eastern religions, sit there, do nothing and clear your mind.
Meditate in the Bible means to ponder and study. We are to do it as often as we can day and night. Why is that so? Obviously the Word is the source of the prosperity God wants us to have. So if you really want all the blessings God wants you to have, you will have to renew your mind. Study and ponder the words of God as often as you can so that your mind will be filled with the thoughts of God. God is a very positive person and he has perfect faith. As you fill your minds with his thoughts, you will be like him. You will think positive thoughts and have strong faith. Once your faith is strong, you are in position to receive everything you ask God for in prayers.
24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Unlike religion, God will not force you to do it. If you think you don’t mind living without the blessings of God, then you don’t have to read the Bible. However, if you want to get hold of all the blessings God want you to have, you will have to do what he says.