What would many in our society have us think about this passage of Scripture? I don't know about you, but when I look at our society, it appears that our society only believes that you can be happy without God. This is simply not so. It is a deception. The author of Psalm 1 realized this.
Israel was a monotheistic nation that lived around pagan countries. Looking around, it would be easy for this author to get this same message from his neighboring countries. However, he did not see a life without the LORD as a happy life. Rather, he knew that someone can only be truly happy in life when they delight in the LORD's instruction.
What can we learn from this? We can remember that life without the LORD does not truly make us happy. We can refuse to hang out with those who act wickedly. We can watch our step, and ask God to strengthen us. In this way, we can try to avoid sin. We can also not get an arrogant attitude. Pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18).
The author of Psalm 1 offers us some alternatives to the lifestyle of the wicked. The author makes it clear that we can delight in the LORD's instruction. There is a joy that we can receive by being obedient to God. Many times, when we obey God, it will make our day. This is not to say that it will not be difficult at times. It will be. However, the joy that we get out of obeying God is unlike anything else.
We can also meditate on the LORD's instruction. This does not mean sitting cross-legged with our fingers forming a circle and humming. Rather, meditation in this sense means to think deeply about a subject. We can take time each and every day to think deeply about God and His word. There is even a type of joy that comes from this! So, the choice is clear. Let us take time to meditate on and live out God's instructions each and every day. We may just find ourselves happier in the end.