From The Gift of Psalms
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
There are few things as majestic as a healthy, mature tree. In a true miracle of nature, a small seed, nourished by the soil, water, and sun, can grow to incredible heights, branches reaching out to the heavens. One only has to enjoy a tree’s fruit or relax in its shade to appreciate the worthiness of such a beautiful creation.
And just as a tree needs steady nourishment, water, and sunlight to thrive, the psalmist declares that we need the words of the Lord in order to grow in righteousness. His Word provides us with a never-ending supply of instruction and nourishment, it helps us grow in the ways of the Spirit, and it ensures that our spiritual lives are continually refreshed. The person who meditates on the Word is truly blessed and happy – unlike the ungodly who put their hope and trust in the ways of the world and disregard God’s law. The ungodly are unproductive, unfruitful, and unstable. Like chaff – the debris left over when grain is threshed – they are rootless, unable to produce fruit and unable to grow.
But the blessed man depends on the Lord. By meditating on his Word we are made fruitful, faithful, and useful. We thrive because we are living in fellowship with the Lord and he is guiding our actions, freeing us from living off of our own limited reserves. We are not swayed and influenced by the world around us; we are focused on the one whose promises are true. We are available to be used by God; we are free to delight in the one who created us.
On Judgment Day, the ungodly will have no defense for their choices; they will not be able to stand with the righteous. The Lord will honor those who have chosen to follow him, who chose to believe in his promises and in his son. So today, consider the joy of the psalmist in declaring, “O, how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” Spend some time today meditating on his word, on his promises to his people, and drink of his living water.
Dear Father, give me a hunger and a thirst for your Word, so that I long to spend more and more time learning about you, of your faithfulness and your incredible power. As I am reminded over and over again through your Word, of your incredible promises to your people, help me to remember that I am included in those promises – that you are faithful to me and I can trust, and therefore delight in, your life-giving words.