Psalm 1:2, "...on his law they meditate day and night."
I will spend the following series preparing my devotions on the psalms. I will begin with chapter 1 and move my way through the psalms. I've been preaching weekly since 1987, and being "instructed" in the Word of God has been a foundation in my life. Not only do I learn about the passages, I "meditate" on them each week. I learn as much about the Word's meaning from meditating on the Word as I do learning from scholarly works.
It is an important revelation in Psalm 1 that when you meditate on the Word, you become a "happy" person. Not happy in every little moment, but in your core, you are fundamentally happy (content). God calls us to "read (meditate)...it all the days of his life" (Deut. 17:18-19).
To be happy is to put God's teaching constantly into your life. How are you meditating on the word? You do it in weekly worship. By reading this devotion you are putting God's word into your life. This fall, attend my class on Wednesday evening and meditate on the Word more intentionally. The more we meditate on God's Word, the more God sinks into the marrow of our being. And when God is that engrafted into our being, we become truly happy. Start meditating on God's Word by reading Psalm 1 and then praying for the discipline to continue your daily devotions.