In Psalms 1:3 we are reading about the state of the blessed man
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.
Many of the Psalms are written in a style of poetry called Hebrew parallelism. One phrase repeats carrying the same thought. In this passage the tree is planted by streams of water…which will have a constant supply of life giving water and the parallel is that its leaves are always green, thereby drawing nourishment from the sun rays. Secondly this tree yields good fruit at the right time and the blessed person also prospers in what he does.
Passages like this are rich in meaning and are great for meditating and praying these thoughts into our lives.
Father, I want to be a blessed person like is represented by this tree. I want to remain established, and secure by your waters of life. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit is like a river of living water. Help me to stay close to His leading and wisdom. Help me to see when I am looking for meaning, purpose, and identity from stagnant pools and not living water.
Father, people love fruit, but leaves are turned toward the sun which gives them life. Help me stay facing your law, your love, and your guidance so that I am renewed by your glory day by day.
You say that I will prosper if I remain firmly planted. With my limited view, it doesn’t always look like I am prospering. Some of the struggles of life and poor decision making would say that I am not prospering. But I believe your word is always true. I am making my experience line up with your word instead of the other way around.
Thank you Jesus that because of your work in my life, I am a blessed and prosperous man. In Jesus name, amen.