No Middle Ground

The end of another year . . . unreal! Though cliche . . . it’s true . . . time flies. Can’t help but being a bit pensive. Thinking of the year that was . . . wondering about the year that will be. And while I keep saying I’m not much of a “resolution person,” I do take stock . . . and there are things that I, by the grace of God, aspire to. Some things that I want to do . . . or maybe not do . . . but mostly things that I want to be . . . things that I want to mark me . . . characterize me . . . things I’d like to be known for. Psalm 1 this morning calls out one of those things . . .

Blessed is the man
       who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
   nor stands in the way of sinners,
       nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
       and on His law he meditates day and night.    (Psalm 1:1-2 ESV)

O’ to be one who delights in the law of the LORD. That the word of God would be my desire and longing . . . that it would be among my greatest pleasures. And not the word for the word’s sake . . . not just to know it as some inert body of knowledge . . . not that it might be a catalog of facts and data to be replayed as if participating in some trivia game. But that it might be used of God to work the work He has begun in me through His saving grace. That it would be water and bread for a soul that hungers and thirsts after the things of righteousness. . . a two-edged sword set at battle against a stubborn old nature . . . a toolkit used by the indwelling Spirit of sanctification as He conforms me more into the image of the Son. O’ that I might continue to delight in the God-breathed Scriptures.

And, as I hover over these verses this morning, it seems to me that there’s another reason why I would want to pursue the revealed counsel of God. There appears to be no middle ground.

If I am not delighting in His word, then what’s left is to be drawn into the counsel of the wicked . . . to be enticed to stand in the way of sinners . . . and, God forbid, in danger of even aligning myself with scoffers. It seems that something will become our truth . . . and, if it is not THE TRUTH, then that which will fill the void will be the thinking and ways of the ungodly . . . of a world fundamentally set against the things of God. Kind of a scary place for the child of God to think of being. Enough, it would seem to me, to become a “resolution person.”

No middle ground? I’m thinkin’ . . .

So, by the grace of God . . . and for the glory of God . . . I would delight in the law of the LORD . . . I would meditate on His precepts . . . I would submit myself to His word.

Anyone with me . . . ?

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