And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
I just finished landscaping the front of my house. In all, I planted about fifty plants in the plant beds, including a couple of trees. At the end of the job, I began the task of watering the plants. This is not a glamorous job, but it is one of the most important jobs of landscaping. You see, without water a plant’s leaves dry up and fall off. The blooms on the flowers get sickly and all of my hard work (and money) become worthless. Watering is so basic, but vitally necessary.
According to the Psalmist, meditating in God’s Word is very similar. Just as the plants need the nourishment of the garden hose, we need the nourishment of God’s Truth. At times it may seem like a laborious task to pause and read it, but the value far outweighs the effort. You see, the Psalmist relates a constant immersion in God’s Word with three things: fruitfulness, perseverance, and purpose.
1) We can be fruitful. We can have a life that actually produces good things. We can’t do it in our own power, but in due season, the good fruit of our lives will bear out if we are constantly watering our hearts with the Truth of God’s Word. His Spirit will minister His Truth to our souls, and all that we must do is place ourselves under the garden hose of His Word.
2) We can persevere. The constant nourishment for the plants helps prepare them for the hot summer days. Through consistent watering their roots become established, and they become drought resistant. Similarly, a regular dose of God’s Word prepares our hearts for seasons of trial. Refreshed by His comforting Word, we can withstand the scorching days of our souls.
3) We can live a life of purpose. We were not created without a purpose. We are not animals that root about aimlessly. Rather, as we dig into Scripture, we find that we were created and that we have a very important purpose that we can accomplish. “Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” We can get plugged in to that truth, and take on a life of purpose. We were made for this. Eternal prosperity is within our grasp.
Food For Thought: What is the benefit of being daily immersed in the garden hose of God’s Word?