All we need to know of how to apply God’s Word and the benefits from it, comes from Psalm 1. Venture with me as we take a beautiful walk near the streams of water, where a man is planted- beginning with the first verse. *
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners or seat in seat of mockers. (v.1)
Blessed means “made happy by God or fortunate”. The blessed man is one whom God favors by not taking advice from the wicked, or fashioning himself after sinners, nor behaving like those who mock, course talk, and do other unwise things. However, how can a man such as this be made happy? As we lounge by the lake and take in its gentle waters which are calm and soothing, we notice the man is delighted in something as he reads some scrolls…
But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on His law he meditates day and night. (v.2)
It is hard for us to delight in anything other than the Wii-U, our crime shows and other interests. Not to say they are not permissible, but the blessed man puts higher importance on studying the laws of the Lord.
I asked God to reveal to me what he means by laws: Is it the Ten Commandments? The prophets’ words? What Jesus said?
The Holy Spirit answered: All of them. The commandments still stand, but is summed up in Matthew 22:37-40 when Jesus says loving God with our all and loving others as we love ourselves sum up the Law and the Prophets. If you do not know what the Law and Prophets is, you may want to revisit the Old Testament, some pretty cool stuff in there.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (v.3)
Trees are so beautiful and strong and yet they stay planted, rooted. The man is like a tree which soaks up “nutrients” from God’s Word. And when he does this, he will bear the good fruit that does not wither. He is amazing to watch because no matter what, he will prosper.
But what does prosper mean? Is it tied to economical wealth or material wealth?
Nope. Not really. There are a couple of meanings for prosper which is tied to being financially sound as well as in good, spiritual health. Western culture has taught us that those who prosper have wealth but my bible tells me in 3 John 1:2, that as a friend I should hope you prosper as your soul prospers.
The soul counts higher than money- sorry folks.
The rest of the verses in Psalm 1 tell us what happens to those who are wicked and those who remain righteous.
For now I am just encouraged and inspired to go on in the Word of the Lord. The bible may be bound and published by human hands, but the Words of the Lord will remain forever.
Have you read the Lord’s text message today? 🙂
*Scripture taken from New International Version unless stated otherwise.