This post, The Orientation of Our Life, is a continuation of our look at Psalm 1 that this blog series began on Monday.
Once we have turned off the wrong voices, we must go to the next step and install the correct voice – the Word of God. The Word of God was designed to be our operating system, which works when our life obeys it, and our mind orients to it.
Instead, his delight is in the LORD’S instruction,
and he meditates on it day and night.
Most of us have natural operating systems built into us through our culture, the homes we grew up in, our families, our communities, our nationalities, our race or ethnicity…While not inherently evil, these operating systems cannot bring happiness and fulfillment. Fulfillment comes when we operate in synchronization with the Word of God.
Is the Word of God your delight, as described in Psalm 1? Maybe sometimes, but not often. That must change. This adjustment is the pathway to a fulfilled life. The process of meditating on the Word of God is the immediate step of action we can take to bring about this change.
We do not have to be master theologians regarding the Word of God to secure the benefits of happiness in our life. We merely need to implement the Word of God as a priority focus in our minds.
Memorization is a good step toward shifting the focus of our mind to the Word of God, and there are a lot of good apps you can install on your phones today to help with that process. But the Bible does not direct us to memorize the Word of God. We are to meditate on the Word of God. Consider. Imagine. Ponder. Roll it around in your mind. Offer prayers to God based on the verses you are reading and considering.
As we meditate on the Word of God in our coming and going, our rising up and lying down, the Word of God begins to change us. Its presence at the forefront of our minds has a transforming effect on our lives. This is a spiritual law.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
As our mind focuses on the Word of God, we are transformed from the inside out, becoming who we were meant to be and living in the way He meant us to live.