It’s so easy just to breeze through things and say this is what we need to do but the reality is… Are we doing it? Does your walk with the Lord always seem dry and stale? Does it seem like you are not getting through? Many times it is because we AREN’T getting through due to our lack of spending time with the Lord or sin in our lives. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about meditating on Scripture!
Psalm 1:2-3 tells us, “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.”
I find it interesting that the word delight has been used. Most of the time, I hear people saying that the Bible is out of date – no longer good for this day and age but the Bible says of the true believer, “his delight is in the law of the Lord…” What are some things we normally take pleasure (delight) in? We delight in our family, maybe certain types of food, certain kinds of holidays or vacations. Maybe someone takes pleasure in watching tv or playing games on the computer. Maybe there are certain hobbies we enjoy doing in our spare time that give us great delight. According to this verse, we should be taking pleasure in God’s Word! We should enjoy meditating on Scripture.
In verse 3, we see what happens when we do take pleasure in God’s Word! We will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water and will bring forth fruit in season, our leaves won’t wither and what we do will prosper. There are 4 responses to meditating on Scripture.
1.) We will be like a tree planted by rivers of water. This is an interesting description of a tree that is PURPOSEFULLY planted by the river. This isn’t just a tree that happened to grow by the river but more of a description of a master gardener that plants a favoured tree in the best of spots! The favoured tree must have the best of everything so it will grow to become even more fruitful and beautiful. This is what it is talking about! If we are delighting in God’s Word, then we will be favoured in that the Lord will keep us exactly where we need to be for us to grow spiritually.
2.) We will bring forth fruit in season. Since we will continue to meditate on Scripture, we will see fruit developing but since the Master gardener desires even more fruit, it is important to realize that He will prune all the extra baggage that doesn’t need to part of our daily lives. We will go through discipline (Heb. 12:5-11) at exactly the time that we need it (John 15:2). We must realize how important it is that we go through the times of pruning without complaining and willingly seek the Lord’s direction in our life based on Scripture, not our emotions or experience or personal desires! When we delight in God, we will see that there will be fruit in so many different ways!
3.) Our leaves won’t wither. We may be discouraged but the word wither is talking about becoming morally wicked, vile or foolish. When we are taking pleasure in God’s Word, it will keep us from doing many foolish and wicked things. One thing we can be sure of is that when we seek wisdom from God, He will give it to us (James 1:5). It is the Master Gardener that enables us to do HIS will!
4.) Whatever we do will prosper. Of course, this isn’t like the health, wealth and prosperity gospel that is being taught these days because God doesn’t work in that manner. Joshua 1:8 tells how we can have good success and the success mentioned is NOT monetarily wise, power, and many other things that are normally thought of when the word success is heard. Oh, no! This success is God’s kind of success where we are willing to do thing HIS way, not ours! We desire His will, not ours! We delight in HIS Word, not following our path! We will prosper because we will desire God so much that His way will become paramount to anything else we desire within our lives!
There you have it! Would you like to become successful in God’s eyes? One way of doing that is by meditating on and delighting in Scripture. We have it in black and white before us.
“His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.”