Meditate On The Word – by David McCann
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 streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers. (Ps 1:1-3 NIV)
God calls His children to take delight in and to meditate upon His Word. This is to be an ongoing and repeated experience (day and night). To delight in and to meditate on means that we are thinking about and turning over God’s Word in our minds and hearts daily. There is no way to rush in, do our devotions, and rush back out.
As we occupy ourselves with meditation upon the Word, there will be some obvious benefits. First and foremost we will deepen our relationship with it/Him who is the Word Incarnate. Everything springs out of our relationship with the Son.
Psalm 1 lists for us three additional results, comparing the one who meditates to a vibrant and health tree planted near a stream of water.
1. As I give myself to meditation, I will bear fruit (in season). There is no question, fruit will result, but fruit is seasonal. Each season has it place, preparing, planting, weeding, pruning, buds, flowers, early fruit, and finally rich harvest, rest, and then the cycle begins again. What season are you in today? How are you doing? What do you anticipate next in the cycle? Will you see fruit soon, or have you just had a taste of its juicy ripeness?
2. “Its leaf will not wither…” I personally am not a big fan of autumn. I have never taken particular joy in the falling of the leaves. Evergreens, that’s what I like, and that’s what we become when we give ourselves to daily meditation on the Word. Green and luxuriant throughout the year. The chlorophyll in green leaves produces the essential food a tree needs for life and growth. Our Christian lives are not meant just for a little growth part of the year. In the Lord, we grow daily, as we give time to meditation on the Word. What growth have you noticed this week? New leaves? New behaviours? New understandings? New prayers? What’s new, really?
3. “Whatever he does prospers.” The word translated prosper (צלח) carries the meanings: “to advance, prosper, make progress, succeed, be profitable, to bring to successful issue”. Whatever success, progress, prosperity, or successful issue may mean to you, there is an assured outcome of a deepened relationship with the Son through meditation on the Word. You will prosper!