Psalm 1 begins with the word ‘blessed.’ It says, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers (NIV)”. Notice the words “walk”, “stand”, and “sit”. Each of these refers in some way to our posture. As Christians we should always be concerned about the type of spiritual posture our lifestyle presents. We must always know that the eyes of the world are on us, watching where we “walk”, “stand”, or “sit”. The Psalm goes on to describe God’s blessing as belonging to the man who doesn’t mingle with the wicked but who frequently finds himself in “the Law of the Lord (v 2).” Or to put it another way… in God’s Word. Then, it paints one of the most powerful pictures in the entire Bible. It compares the man who reads the Scriptures with a tree that’s planted on the banks of a free-flowing river. “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper (v 3).”
Just as a tree requires water in order to flourish and thrive, God’s people need the Scriptures in order to enjoy fruitful and abundant lives. When either is deprived of their natural need, they fall way short of what they were intended to be and do. They whither and wilt, their branches become bare, they provide no shade for the weary, and have no fruit to offer others. But as they begin to drink their intended life-source, their roots become sturdy and secure. Their branches grow long and strong until…they bear fruit!
The natural tree is a picture of the spiritual man. Our fruitfulness depends upon our being rooted in the Word. Today, I encourage you to get into God’s Word. In it you will find the help and guidance you need to deal with the issues of life. My constant prayer is that the Lord will help us in every possible way to be people who are permanently planted in the scriptures, which is where we belong.
We are currently studying the Book of Psalms in our weekly Bible study. I invite you to come be a part of the study of this wonderful book. I can promise that you will be ‘blessed’.