I want to cover some very basic things concerning the Scriptures. It is important for us to learn how to read the Scriptures in a way that will enable us to reach into the depth of what God has for us. The Scriptures are like the parable of the treasure hid in the field (Matthew 13:44). One person found the treasure and sold all he had to buy the field with the treasure. The Scriptures can be likened unto the field. There is a treasure in them. Anyone can read the Scriptures and understand the surface information and history, but very few are able to delve below to the treasure of divine life. Only then can we partake of the divine nature (II Peter 1:4).
Another example is the story of the manna. The Israelites would go out in the morning and gather the manna from off the face of the ground. Jesus, though, promised hidden manna to the overcomer in Revelation 2:17. The surface manna is the natural information and history that is easily received. Thus, the term “surface reading.” The hidden manna is revelation knowledge of the Scriptures that is revealed by the Holy Spirit. It is through this revelation knowledge that all things pertaining to life and godliness are given to us. His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. II Peter 1:3-4.
Psalm 1:1 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.
Notice the downward trend here: walking, standing, and sitting. The man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly is the one not motivated by the opinions of the natural mind.
Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the
Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.
He begins by saying, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not upon your own understanding,” and then He says, “Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.” What evil is He talking about? He is talking about the evil of your own understanding. The human mind will not lead you to Christ. If it did, everyone would be a Christian. The carnal mind leads people away from the Lord. And it is only when you really set your heart to walk with God that you begin to realize how much your own nature is opposed to God.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly. You are blessed if you have learned to not be led by the reasonings of your own carnal mind. That is why Paul said in Romans 12:2, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
The blessed man, who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, delights in the Word of the Lord, and he meditates on the Word day and night. Where do you feel we are at the present time? More than likely we are led by a mixture. The change-over from being led by human reasonings to being led by the Spirit of the Lord is not instantaneously. At best we are probably being influenced by the Lord and at other times by our minds. It is a process. We are learning how to reject the counsel of the ungodly.
Psalm 1:3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water…
This is a beautiful type. We are to be like trees planted by the rivers of water; that is, drinking in the water of life. Isaiah uses this metaphor, too. He says that we are to “be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified” (Isaiah 61:3).
Psalm 1:3 …that brings forth its fruit in its season…
This is what God is looking for in our lives. He is expecting the fruitfulness of His life to come forth in us. Be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. James 5:7.
Psalm 1:3 …whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
Do you know what the human reasoning does with that one? It will put that prospering in the realm of the material. “Oh, that means our finances will be blessed. God is going to meet our needs.” No! God is going to meet His needs, and He needs some people He can work through bringing about His will. You are prospering when the presence and nature of the Lord comes forth in your life.
The necessary thing is a change of heart that comes about because of your relationship with the Lord. You don’t discipline yourself to meditate on the Scriptures; you don’t discipline yourself to delight in the Word. It is a thing that just happens because that is where your heart is. You are motivated by your heart and not the human mind. Delighting in the Word and meditating in it must become a way of life for us.
Who is this man that does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly? First of all, it is prophetically speaking of Jesus Christ. He is the Man that does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. He delights in the Word of God. He came not to do His own will. Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of Me. I delight to do Your will, O My God, and Your law is within My heart. Psalm 40:7-8. Jesus Himself fulfilled this prophetic Word of the first Psalm. It is also prophetic of the many-membered Body of Christ. We will be transformed by the renewing of our mind, and in this way we will prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).
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