Planted by the Water

Last weekend in Montana a bunch of guys from Soma talked about this rich, poetic passage from Psalm 1:

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. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 1 (NIV)

We talked about delighting in the law of the Lord–delighting means that it’s not rote, it’s not a burden, it’s what excites us.  Peter B talked about apple trees in Yakima: without water they wither, go brown, degrade, fall apart.  But when they’re planted by water, they’re strong, unmovable, and yield massive amounts of fruit.  (“Which yields its fruit in season”–here’s the recurring fruit analogy we talked about on Tuesday from Philippians 1:11).  In speaking of the righteous, the psalmist says “Whatever he does prospers.”  We talked about what it means to prosper: not material prosperity, but real prosperity–knowing God more and more every day, advancing in studies/work/talents/interests for his purposes, some day pursuing a godly marriage and raising a godly family, being able to serve others before self, rejoicing even in the midst of suffering and loss… that’s real prosperity.  Do we desire it?

In the Word of God we see the heart of God.  Let us delight in it and drink from it, like a young sapling for water.  The outcome is the difference between solid oak and chaff.

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~ by somaefree on September 15, 2008.

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