Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Psalm 1: How to be Successful

KEY TEXT: Psalms 1:3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

KEY THOT: The blessed believer takes delight in God’s word and meditates on it to apply the truths in his or her life. He is compared to a tree planted by streams of water. This is a picture of someone whose roots are always near the water of life. There is only one way to stay connected with God’s life—and that is through the study and application of God’s word.

Not only is this believer blessed because he or she is connected with the source of life, there are other obvious benefits of his roots planted next to the water of life:
  1. “yields its fruit in its season”: Such believers are fruitful, both in character and also in ministry. He is a blessing to others and touches and transforms other lives.
  2. “its leaf does not wither”: He is steadfast in faith, no roller-coaster Christian. He is evergreen and does not suffer “brown-out” because his roots are always filled with water. With a constant supply of water flowing up his roots, his leaves stay vibrant and alive.
  3. “in all he does, he prospers”: He is successful in all his endeavor because God’s word gives him wisdom to act and helps him make the right decisions that bring success. The reference here is not just limited to “spiritual” endeavour but rather it is “in all he does”—in other words, whatever this person puts his or her hand on, it prospers--whether it be study, work, or recreation. When we walk in God’s ways, God backs us up. His presence goes before us and guarantees our success: “the Lord was with him (Joseph) and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands” (Genesis 39:3).
There is only one way to stay blessed—that is when we take God’s word seriously and apply it in our lives.

Father, grant us a delight in Your word so that we may meditate on it to apply it in our lives. Amen.

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