I have been learning so much from Psalm 1. The Psalm starts with a song about walking in the ways of God, delighting in Gods words, meditating on His words, and bearing fruit in seasons. The Psalm gives us a really simple contrast of “the wicked” and “the blessed/righteous” man. The blessed man will bear fruit in season and the way of the wicked will perish.
I’ve been meditating on this Psalm for a while and have been asking God to reveal the wicked things that are keeping me from being “a tree firmly planted by streams of water” and “yeilding (my) fruit in its season”. I have been very surprised at what I’ve been feeling God speaking to me about this. It is so simple! I realise my lack of “delight” in Gods word. The one thing that allows the Blessed man to bear fruit in season is his delight in Gods words and constantly meditating on them. It says that he meditates on them day and night! All the time! I have been learning to delight myself in Gods word, and it’s amazing how my perspective has started to shift. It’s like I have began to see the world around me like God does. His people, His creation.
Another lesson learned has to do with being “firmly planted” by the streams of water. I think to much we are always doing, and we are not just being. One thing we, at The Hub, have realised is that God is calling us to just BE. To BE with Him. BE listening to Him. BE responding to Him. BE near Him. BEholding Him. BEing a Child of God first and then doing the things He is asking us to do second. We strive so much to constantly be "bearing fruit" in all that we do. When Psalm 1 clearly lays out that we bear fruit in seasons. In the meantime we need to plant ourselves by His streams. His presence, His life. We need to just BE present in the moment He has for us.
We can take a lot from Psalm 1. In amongst a lot of time processing and meditating, as the psalm suggests, there is a simple revelation God has given me in response to my prayers and questions. To keep from the "counsel of the wicked” I simply must have a good heart attitude towards His words. To delight in them. Meditating on them and reminding myself in all that I do His words and promises. While I’m working, or while I’m having a tea party with my daughter, or doing the dishes. By doing this, I’m firmly planting myself by His streams to learn, to grow, and to bear fruit. Learning to BE present in the moment, and take in what God has for me today. In doing this The Psalm says that we being like a tree "its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” The reason we prosper is because we find our foundations in Him. Deepening our roots to be fed by His words.
Lord help us to delight in your words and be like the tree firmly planted by streams of water!