Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3
These verses excite me like almost none other in Scripture. I’ve said it many times in many places, but when my life was spiritually at its worst, I described myself as a tree planted by a dried up stream. My roots were searching for water but there was none to be found. My dry branches searched for rain, but the skies had dried up. I was parched with no help in sight. I felt spiritually withered.
As I have gone on this journey of abiding in Christ, he has opened my eyes to an ocean of water waiting for me on the other side where I wasn’t looking. True living water that never runs dry is found in Jesus and His word. It took me a really long time to figure that out. Even though I would have told you that with my words, my actions said something totally different.
The verses in Psalm describe how I have found the abundant life and the key to getting there. I’m discussing this as a guest on another podcast today called My Light Still Shines by Retha Nichole. You can listen here.
Also, I delve even deeper into this topic in one of the bonus videos in the deluxe package of RICH entitled “Five Qualities of a Woman Living an Abundant Life.”
Let me just give you the CliffsNotes version and the key to an abundant life: our delight in God’s word is everything. What we desire in our heart directs everything else in our life and when our desire is for God’s word, we find God himself, his character, and his love for us. From those deep roots, we are planted by streams of water, and can be fruitful in any situation we find ourselves in.
I would love for you to check out the podcast or the video and come back and let me know your key takeaway.