uplifting thoughts and inspiration on faith
Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.
But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.
And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].
The Psalms are full of personal emotion ranging from exultation and the highest praise to deep, dark depression and longing of the soul. David expressed himself in an extremely personal way before God laying his full range of feelings open and exposed.
Many people today struggle with the exact same issues that David and the people of his time faced thousands of years ago. What is the old cliché? The more things change the more they stay the same. People hurt because we live in an imperfect world and we constantly battle in the unseen spiritual realm.
Psalm 1 is the first of 150 recorded Psalms and is considered to be “The Preface Psalm”. That makes Psalm 1 verse 3 especially provocative upon consideration.
Like a tree
Like a tree firmly planted
Like a tree firmly planted by the streams of water
Like a tree firmly planted by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season
If you look up the word TREE using a computer and the internet you may stumble upon Wikipedia which offers the following information about trees:
So, if a man who closely follows the council of the Lord is like a tree –
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.
This man is becoming rooted and grounded in the Word of the Lord by building a close, personal relationship with God. He is drinking from the flow of Living Waters and there is obviously a constant supply since his leaves will never wither. He is reaching upward towards the Light. He is using his knowledge of the light to trade imperfect situations for God ordained direction in his life. He is patient as he waits with expectation for the Lord to work. He knows that sometimes fire is part of the equation. He believes that there is always a season of fruit and prosperity awaiting him.
The Psalms are like that. Simple verses containing huge lessons and great blessings. The Psalms are filled with wisdom and hope. You can always turn to the Psalms to help your tree establish a deep root system drinking in living water as you reach upward for God’s divine light.