Psalms 1:1-3 – “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
Not only do God’s blueprints for blessing call us to be separated from the world but they also call us to be:
- Saturated with the Word.
Verse 2 says “but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” This call goes beyond just delving into God’s word, it involves delighting in it, so let me ask you, do you see studying scripture as a duty or as a delight. Scripture is where we get to spend time with God, it’s where we meet with Him and meditate on Him. Colossians 3:16 tells us to: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly.” This involves more than just studying scripture it involves saturating yourself with scripture. Success involves more than just staying away from the world it involves spending time in the Word with God. It’s a call to fill your life with the Father, so what is it that fills your thoughts, attitudes and conversations, is it God’s will or worldly ways and wants? The word “dwell” means to reside, to live with or do life with. It is more than just reading the word its letting it reside in your life so that it reigns over your life. Philippians 4:8 tells us: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Are you letting Christ and His Word conform you and have control in your life? What are you dwelling on is it the Word or worry? Many of us may glace at God’s Word but we go no further, this is a call to dig deep and to dwell and do life with the Lord. It’s the call to meditation, which is when we move from reading to regurgitating, mediate involves mulling it over. Meditation moves us from leaving scripture to just sitting on the surface to letting it sink in. Meditation involves hearing, reflecting and readjusting our entire lifestyle in obedience to God’s perfect will. This means that we have to deal with the distractions that want to draw us away from spending time with God. Are you making time to meditate on God’s Word? This is more than just getting into the word it’s about letting the word get into us. In reference to the bible D.L. Moody once said, “This book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this book” The bible is one of our greatest assets in the battle, but it will only protect if we are proactively picking it up. Are you saturating yourself with the Word or just sipping on it? Reading God’s Word is more than just hearing the Word its hiding it in your heart. How hungry are you for His Word? Look God doesn’t expect us to be scholars, but He does expect us to school ourselves with His Word. 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” How are you handling God’s holy Word, are you holding onto His Word or hardly handling it? Are you being careful or being a klutz? We are called to be workmen who know our tools and who use them correctly. Not only are we called to be separated from the world and saturated with the Word but we must also be:
- Situated by the Waters
Verse 3 says, “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither, whatever they do prospers” It’s the water of the Word that keeps us from withering. A lack of water leads to weakness, we become dehydrated and our bodies become out of balance making our ability to function falter and eventually fail. Without water we will die within a week but when we sink our roots into the source of life not only will we become satisfied but we will become successful. The bible tells us to be planted by the steams of water. Planted has a permanent quality to it, the idea here is that we don’t depart or deviate from the source. Many find themselves living dry lives because they are trying to do life in the desert, devoid of life sustaining water. Where are you planted, where are you putting down roots, and what are you relying on? Are you living close to the source, connected to Christ or are you separated from the source? When we are planted by the source we will be productive, “which yields its fruit in season.” We all want to be productive, yet some of us are trying to do life far from the Father and expecting to bear fruit. Galatians 6:22-23 tells us that, “the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control” Where you are planted determines what you produce. Not only will we produce but we will be prosperous, “whose leaf does not wither, whatever they do prospers.” There is something within every one of us that desires to prosper and be successful but our success is not determined by self but the source. Success is not based on our circumstances or our situation but on the source. Its not the weather it’s the Word that determines success. What about you are you well-watered or weary? How many of us are doing life dangerously dehydrated, trying to walk through this world without drinking from the Word? Are discouraged and dry, are you doing life in the desert, detached from God then stop and come back to the source. In John 7:38 it says that at the climax of the festival “Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.” Lasting life starts with the Savior at salvation but is sustained as we stay close to the source. What about you are you staying or straying? We need to run to the Redeemer or we will run dry. Are you living life separated from the world, saturated with the word and situated by the water of His Spirit? If you are weary and worn then return to Jesus let Him restorer and rebuild your life. It’s not about reading the Word it’s about rehydrating your life with the Word, don’t settle for a stale life saturate yourself with the source.