Today’s Scripture: Psalm 1
Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
4 But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
We’re back with Psalm 1 again. Will we make it all week? Stay tuned…
I grew up in a part of the world that has no trees. Well, mostly. We did have some trees. But they were very few and far between. In fact, if you saw a group of trees off in the distance you knew one of two things. Either there was a house there and someone planted trees as a windbreak. Or, there was a water source there.
There’s not a lot of water in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Well, there is underground. But there are no rivers or lakes. There are some small streams that fill up when it rains. These streams are usually where you find the trees.
I think about those trees when I read verse 2 and 3 of this Psalm. The writer explains that those who “delight in the law of the Lord” and meditate on it day and night are going to be like those trees in the middle of the Oklahoma prairie. They are connected to the source of life.
Scripture is not some dead and boring writing that has no place in our lives. Instead, it is the living, breathing, word of God. The Holy Spirit takes the ancient words and gives them life and meaning for us today. But to tap into that life and that meaning we have to actually engage the words. We have to actually read and meditate on them. We have to tap into the water source.
Try this. As your day progresses try and bring your attention back to the scripture you read in these devotionals or from some other source. Let it come back into your mind. See what the Holy Spirit might do when we intentionally tap into the source.
God thank you for your Word given to us in Holy Scripture. Help us to delight in it – to meditate on it so that we too might be like trees planted along the stream in the desert.