Make Like a Tree
Yesterday, I learned about the importance of having “hunger and thirst for righteousness”. This morning I continued my search for scriptures relating to faith and noticed that there are a lot of references to Psalm. I found myself studying the history behind the book of Psalm, who the authors were and the purpose behind the writings. I decided to focus on the first chapter, particularly Psalm 1:3, because it sounded like “Steady”, one of my favorite gospel songs by Alexis Spight. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Scripture Reading: Psalm 1:1–6
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by the streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither- whatever they do prospers. 4 Not so is the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in judgment, nor the sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Key Verses: Psalm 1:2-3 (NIV)
2 But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by the streams of water, which yields it’s fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither- whatever they do prospers.
In today’s society, we tend to focus solely on all of God’s blessings and what He can do for us. I felt hesitant to share the reading from today, but lead to do so for the same reason. Yes, God is faithful. Yes, God loves to bless us! BUT, there are requirements for each and every one of us if we want to fully experience God. There are also consequences for the things we do that go against God and His Word. Here are three things I am LOVING about the Bible:
- The Bible assures us of God’s goodness and faithfulness.
2. The Bible plainly tells us what we have to do to receive the fullness of God’s love.
3. The Bible warns us what will happen if we don’t obey God.
If we read and study the Bible, it takes the guessing out of life. And if we still find ourselves guessing…we had better take that to God (Our Father) in prayer! (God is the truth!)
The idea that God rewards obedience and faithfulness has me so encouraged today! For the first time, I can feel his presence as a Father! At times you too may be feeling like I’ve felt…stagnant and unnoticed. You may be working your hardest and trying your best. You may look at all you’ve been doing and see no sign of any “fruit”. DO NOT BE FOOLED! GOD SEES YOU!
The Bible assures us that we WILL reap what we sow and we WILL prosper! That doesn’t mean we won’t face obstacles, but if we remain steadfast and seek righteousness, we WILL see results! AT THE RIGHT TIME! As you continue praying and seeking God on your faith journey, include this simple prayer that has blessed me today:
Keep me steady!