I have a bit of a history with Psalm 1. During my early school years, I went to a local independent Christian school where we did memory verses every month. The first one I remember doing was Psalm 1. Fast forward to my late teens and the first assignment I’m working on at Bible College is about Psalm 1.
But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither and they prosper in all they do.Psalm 1:2&3 (New Living Translation)
At times I struggle with some of the imagery in the Psalms. When the psalmist says that they are like trees, I get horrible flash backs of awkward school drama lessons. But there is also something about it I love. It takes the idea of delighting in the Law of the Lord which feels somewhat abstract and turns into something that feels more tangible, a tree that bears fruit every season and it’s leaves don’t wither. Before clarifying that they prosper in all they do.
I don’t feel that this means that if we delight in the law of the Lord we will therefore prosper in anything we do. A tree is not able to bear fruit every season if it decides that it wants to try being a house instead. If we’re living in the purpose set aside for us whilst delighting in meditating on the law of the Lord then yes we will prosper and see success in that purpose! The key is understanding the purpose God has for us and submitting and committing to it through thick and thin. Ephesians 4 says that God created us to do good works which he has designed for us. I don’t know about you but it sounds like a good plan to me.
Dear God, I want to delight in your law. Teach me to meditate on your word and what you are saying to me. Show me your purpose for me and let me prosper in it! Amen