“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:3)
Our verse today comes from the opening Psalm of David. Its placement in the lineup is more than incidental, for it shows us at the very outset of our worship of God that we must be affectionately devoted to the Word of God. Otherwise we will not prosper in our way.
David opens by saying, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (vs.1). Notice the sequence of this verse: Walk…Stand…Sit. Obviously it highlights not only the slowing of momentum, but ultimately the complete stopping of progress.
Furthermore, it shows the inevitable decline from a life of vigorous faith, to one of mediocre indolence — he walks in the counsel of the ungodly, then stands in the way of sinners, and finally sits in the seat of the scornful (or mockers).This decline always happens to those who, for whatever reason, neglect God’s Word. Are you doing this? Surely not!
But there is more, on a more positive note.
David writes, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psa 1:2-3).
Such a man or woman will be “planted by the rivers of water” – they will have a never-failing supply of nourishment and refreshment. They will “bring forth fruit in its season” – displaying the graces of the Spirit; their words and actions will always be timely and appropriate. And, finally, their “leaf also shall not wither” — their spiritual life is characterized by continuous inner renewal.
Then the payoff – “everything he or she does will prosper!” When you are devoted to the Word of God, and filled with the Spirit of God, everything you do will come to its divinely directed fulfillment.
Don’t you think its about time you got yourself planted by the River? In other words, isn’t it time you let the roots of your life go down deep into the enriching waters of God’s Word, so that everything about you can be strengthened and nourished by the influence of Truth?
Tomorrow I will invite you to take a slow walk in a beautiful park. In other words, we will talk about how to get the most out of your Bible reading….