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October 13, 2013

By John Ulrich

Psalm 1

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.  Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.  Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”   Psalm 1

In this wisdom Psalm, God blesses those who are good, who will prosper, and punishes evil, who are blown away like chaff, fruitless, lifeless, and judged.

As those who follow God delight and meditate in God’s Word, which the psalmist compares to a stream, they are transformed from the inside out. Just as a tree’s health is dependent on a stream of water, God’s people are nourished by God’s Word, which will cause us to flourish no matter what the external circumstances.

This tree (God’s followers) needs both fruit and leaves.  The fruit are produced because of connection with the stream (God’s Word).  The leaves, representing the tree’s personal and spiritual well-being, must have health from the stream (God’s Word).

As Christians, we should ask, “Do I hunger and thirst for God? What is the next step for me personally? Do I take risks? Do I act? Am I bearing fruit – in both the pleasant and painful circumstances of life?”

Like the tree, Christians have seasons of life, which are all healthy, but in Psalm 1 we are encouraged to know God will “watch… over the ways of the righteous” (Psalm 1:6) and He promises us that we will prosper (Psalm 1:3) and not “wither” (Psalm 1:3) as we are transformed daily by His living water.