“Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor stands in the path of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and in His law he meditates day and night.
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.”
What an amazing portion of scripture. May I encourage you to stop, take a minute and slowly read that again? Let the words travel from your brain to your heart. Sit with it, memorize it and receive it for yourself. This is such an exciting promise! God is telling us that we can be strong and steadfast, deeply rooted and nourished like a tree. We will bring forth fruit and prosper. We will not wither or run dry!
Let’s be honest, I do not feel like this every day. Many days, I feel like I’m running a marathon on empty. The stresses of life, the chaos of managing a home, a family, and a career, along with extra health needs for my youngest daughter leaves me sleepwalking to bed many nights, only to wake up a couple hours later to tend to one of our children. Fatigue and exhaustion are hard enough to cope with, but overwhelming stress is a whole other beast. Sometimes our burdens can rise to an unbearable place and the weight of it all is just too much. Add on a financial crisis, serious health situation, a relationship breakdown or any other problem which feels vastly out of our control and we feel our world starting to cave in and our fragile sanity starting to crack.
This Psalm gives us hope that it doesn’t have to be that way. It is not meant to be that way! We don’t have to feel vulnerable to the anguish of the next attack or trial. We don’t have to live in fear over what may come next. This doesn’t take away the fact that horrible things can happen in this life. Nobody is immune. We live in a world full of sin and we will deal with the consequences of its fallen state until Christ returns. But there is hope! Hope, not only for Christ’s return (which will be glorious!), but also for today. Hope, not only for eternity in heaven, but in victory for today. We can be at peace, strong and steady, deeply rooted in Christ and not easily swayed by the winds of uncertainty. We have a promise that we will withstand the storms and that we will still bear fruit and prosper. Not only will we survive the storms but, through them, we will grow stronger and God will use us to do great things for His purposes.
Like many promises in scripture, this promise is placed, not in our hands, but within our reach. We have to do something first, in order to receive it. What do the preceding verses say? Go back and read it again. We are to delight in God’s Word and meditate on the scriptures. There is a difference between reading and meditating. Reading keeps the information in your head but meditating causes the truth to transfer to your heart. In my experience, I have found that as we read His Word and spend time sitting with it, chewing on it, and praying over it, it evolves from “promises for others” to “promises for ME”. It becomes solidified in your entire being and you know with certainty that the promises will come to pass if you trust in God and His ways.
Are you tired of feeling like others are experiencing God’s presence and strength in their lives, but not you? Friend, I understand. I have been there! This promise is key to begin changing that. Dig into His Word with intention. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and your eyes as you read and let those words to sink into your soul. Allow Him to stretch you. God will begin a transforming process in your heart as you search for Him and as you meditate on His Word. You will be renewed and strengthened. His Word is powerful and sustaining and in it you will find life and truth and freedom. Why? Because in His Word, you will find Jesus. He is the answer we are looking for. He is the answer we need.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. John 6:63
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
So shall My word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
Love and blessings,
Next time we will look at little more at verse 1 of this passage: “Blessed is the man…”