Reading: Psalm 1:1-6
Focus Verse: Psalm 1:2-3
One of the things I love about the Psalms is the abundance of imagery. It’s truly poetic to read and it is filled with spiritual depth. It’s a wonderful coupling of expression and truth. It’s also a wonderful depiction of the human condition. There is no veil with the Psalmist. Everything is bare. Completely revealed. We see the joys of life and we see the struggles of life – sometimes in the very same chapter.
We see some of that contrast here in the first chapter. We see the condition of the “blessed man” in verses 1-3 and the condition of the “wicked” in verses 4-6. I’d like to focus on the “blessed man,” specifically, in verses 2 and 3, as these two verses provide so much depth and perspective.
“But his delight (the blessed man from vs. 1) is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.”
We see a very distinct characteristic of the “blessed man” here. He “delights in the law of the Lord” and he “meditates (on it) day and night.” I want to make a clarification here. It doesn’t say he reads it day and night because it’s not enough to merely read it. He is obsessed with it. He meditates on it. He thinks about it. He chews on the meaning of God’s Word. Prays for understanding. Desires the life it brings. God’s Word is his delight…his passion…the thing that brings him joy.
And what’s amazing here is that David most likely only had access to the first 5 books of The Bible (a.k.a. the “Pentateuch”). He only had a fraction of what we have today and still, his heart burned for God’s Word.
“He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.”
Here’s the imagery I was referring to earlier. We see this tree. A tree generally symbolizes strength. It’s roots go deep and is not easily moved. The wood is flexible but not easily broken under pressure. This specific tree is planted by streams of water. It’s constantly being refreshed and nourished and, as a result, it is full of life and is fruitful. This tree accomplishes all that it is designed for. And that is really what it means to prosper – to accomplish all that we are designed for. The “blessed man” prospers because he is rooted in the Word and relies on God for strength. He is alive and flourishing. His purpose is fulfilled. Let’s do the same. Dig your roots in and be nourished.
Lord, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the life I find in it and the truth that it is. Bless me with a burning passion for Your Word that, in it, You would sustain me. Accomplish all that you have in mind for me and let my life prosper for Your greatest glory. In Jesus name. Amen.
*Note: although David is not named the author here, he is assumed the author as he wrote most of the book of Psalms.