A Prosperous Tree

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man…  [who’s] 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.

God is fantastic about setting the tone.  Right from the beginning of Psalms He lays the groundwork for a right relationship with Him.  The key to being blessed is being daily in the presence of the Lord.  Simple.  So easy to comprehend, too often we make it difficult.  We let life get in the way.  Priorities start to creep in ahead of Him, but in truth, what is more important than our relationship with God?

The analogy is beautiful as well.  Ponder the existence of a tree that is planted next to a stream.  That tree could survive a whole summer of endless drought as long as that stream didn’t dry up.  The tree, along with the surrounding vegetation, would continue to thrive and prosper.

The Lord promises that his stream will never dry up and we will always be filled to overflowing.  All we have to do is make like a tree and plant ourselves on the banks of His ever flowing stream.  We must plant ourselves deep and let roots extend into His soil.  Meditate day and night on the Word of the Lord.

In the morning, I need to be reading my Bible.  At night, I need to be praying for my family and friends.  And that’s just the absolute minimum.  How much more will the Lord bless me with wisdom, insight, strength and truth if I am contemplating his Word day and night?

Lord give me the dedication to plant myself by your streams, that I might be blessed by your Word. – amen


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