I love the psalms. A pastor once said that the psalms are where theology and emotion meet. I’ve written about that before and the specific psalm he preached on, but now I’m excited to read through them, one by one, and get all theologically emotional with you.
So, here goes.
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 it fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
I grew up by a river. Not like, in a van down by the river, but close enough that I was in the water quite a bit. It’s not hard for me to picture what a tree planted by streams of water looks like. And I love that picture.
Trees by the river are huge, you guys. The roots are gargantuan and loop around to secure themselves in the ground. Sometimes you will come across a tree that looks like it’s about to topple over into the river, but it doesn’t. ‘Cause, roots.
I want to be like those trees. Not necessarily the ones that are just a bit off shore, firmly planted, going nowhere for a long, long time. But like the ones that, even when they look like they’re about to tip right over into the water, they don’t – they are clinging so tightly that they will not be moved. I want the inclination of my heart to be so focused on God that my roots are looping and digging in anyway possible to stay secure in my Maker.
The word “delight” here means, “desire; a valuable thing; the root idea is to incline toward something.”
This is my prayer through this series. That I would incline toward Jesus. That He would become a more valuable thing to me than He ever has been.
Day 1 down, team. This is exciting.