“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.”
—Psalm 1:3 ESV
How important it is to have a steady source.
A plant that depends on the rain will grow and produce fruit only if the weather is favorable, but a tree planted by a constant source of water will grow strong even in the midst of a drought.
Psalm 1 tells us that when we meditate on the Scriptures we tap into a source of life that is readily available no matter what circumstances we may be facing.
The word translated “meditate” in Psalm 1:2 is the Hebrew “hagah”, which literally means to “murmur” or “mutter”, something we do when we just can’t get an idea out of our mind and we find ourselves repeating it under our breath.
To meditate on the Scriptures is to take a short passage, phrase or word and reflect on it over a period of time, repeating it in our mind like an idea we can’t let go of.
And when we meditate on the Word of God we become like a tree that extends its roots into an abundant and inexhaustible source of life.
Carry this simple prayer with you today:
Breathe in: God,
Breathe out: Your Word gives me life.