Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 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 1:1-3 ESV)
What an amazing promise. Someone who seeks after the Lord will be blessed. Choosing the path of life will cause the gates of Heaven to open and the Father's blessings to be showered upon us. Does that mean that everything will be fine all the time? Not necessarily, but it does mean that we can experience peace and joy in the midst of turmoil. How many of you have been surprised at the level of peace in your heart throughout the last few months?
The Psalmist likens people who seek the Lord to a tree planted by a stream. I think we can safely assume that it is a stream of living water as this tree is fruitful and strong. It is healthy and in turn provides fruit and life for others. When I go out for a jog, I run along the river bank in our town and see many strong trees drawing life from the river. Their roots go down into good, fertile soil and they can withstand floods, wind and everything else the weather throws at them.
Sometimes life is not easy. In fact, there are times when it can be excruciatingly hard and tough. In such seasons we will reap the reward of being rooted and grounded in love. We will discover the flow of life that sustains and encourages us, even when we struggle to see it. My encouragement today is for you to seek the Lord, to delight in walking in his ways and to meditate on his word.
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Mark Gyde - A Father to YOU