Monday, October 18, 2010

Characteristics of a Godly Person (Part 2 of 3)

Today we are going to look at verse two in this three part series of the Characteristics of a Godly Person.

Psalm 1:2 states: But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. [The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ps 1:2.]

We can say that verse one spoke about not being under the influence of ungodly people. This second verse follows by instructing us as to what we need to be under the influence of. We need to delight in the law of the Lord. We need to read, study, and meditate on the Word of God. The word delight in this verse gives us a key to studying God's Word. Delight essentially means to look forward to or to desire. We will not truly study God's Word unless we desire to study His Word.

I am not a big fan of "reading the Bible in a year" type of programs because I don't feel that reading large quantities each day gives you ample time to study and learn. There is a difference between reading to achieve time\quantity goals and studying. Too many times we find ourselves reading to achieve the quantity goals. We read two or three chapters because that is what today's reading guide told us to read and we miss the truths that the Scripture is trying to teach us. We need to take a different approach to God's Word. We need to study it. We need to slowly spend time in a handful of verses each day and seek God's direction on how to apply them to our lives.

When we spend time in God's Word it becomes alive and deals with issues we are facing. Experiencing God's Word within our own lives brings excitement and draws us closer to the Father. That draw essentially becomes our delight. When we begin to experience God's Word we desire it day and night. Our influence needs to be from God's Word.

Another characteristic of a Godly person is that he or she loves spending time in His Word. Who are following today?

In Christ,
Doug Johnson

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