I love this spin on Psalm 1.
But on days like today, I feel like there should be a P.S. that reads,
"Satan hates families who read the Word, love God, and seek to obey Him.
If you are one of those families, grab your weapons! The enemy is prowling the perimeter of your house looking for ways to break in and devour every single one of you.
Be alert! Stand your ground! Strategize. Assume nothing. This enemy never quits, he never dies, and he spends every waking hour seeking to destroy God's people.
He is intelligent. He studies his prey to find their greatest weakness and then attacks with precision.
He is patient, willing to wait for the optimal moment to strike to produce the greatest damage.
Do not underestimate him and never, ever let down your guard.
Your Bible should be secured in one hand while the other hand is raised in prayer so that your two greatest weapons are always poised at the ready to defend or attack as the moment demands.
It is true, Christian.
The Lord blesses the man, the woman, the child, and the family who delights in His Word.
But the enemy? He loathes that same man, woman, child, and family. He wants them distracted, self-focused, busy, and apathetic. If he can keep their eyes on themselves instead of on the Savior, he wins.
He rejoices as they sink deeper and deeper into the sin they once abhorred and avoided - but now justify.
Christian! Delight in the Word of God!
Morning and evening, day after day, year after year, hiding His Word in your heart so that you will not only keep yourself from sinning against Him, but you will know Him better and love Him more.
But in your delight be diligent.
Keep your weapons sharp, your shield in front of you, and your battle gear ever at the ready.
The battle may belong to the Lord, but brothers and sisters, He has commanded us to join Him in the fight!"
May we be encouraged by this wonderful image of our brothers of old.
And I (Nehemiah) looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”
When our enemies heard that it was known to us and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work. From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail.
And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, who were building on the wall.
Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other. And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built.
So we labored at the work,
and half of them held the spears from the break of dawn until the stars came out.
Nehemiah 4:14-18, 21