How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
I live in the Pacific Northwest where it rains. A lot. The ground is able to soak up the water and seldom is there standing water on the ground. That’s good when it rains but not so good for my yard when it doesn’t. It seems like my yard goes from lush and soft and green to pale and crunchy and yellow in no time at all when the hot weather hits. I spend more time watering it than I would like and it doesn’t seem to make much difference. Apparently, what my yard needs is rain to thrive.
I thought of this verse today as I was watering. It tells me that if God’s Word is my focus day and night then I will be like my yard in the rainy season – growing abundantly and lush and vibrant. There will be fruit in my life and whatever I do, I will prosper. Apparently, what I need to thrive is daily waterings from the Word of God.
According to this verse I also need to watch who I give heed to. I have learned the hard way that when you are believing God for a miracle based on His Word, it is wisdom to watch the company you keep. Not everyone will be in agreement with you. Not everyone needs an opportunity to voice their opinion about your faith. Obviously don’t walk with sinners or follow after the counsel of the wicked but don’t sit with the scoffers either. And some scoffers may be in the house of God. Or your family.
The promise of prospering in this verse is contingent upon making careful choices about whose advice we follow and daily meditating on the Word of God. Like my yard that needs rain from heaven to prosper, I need the daily and nightly washing of the Word if I am going to prosper. Prosper means (among other things) “to have a successful journey through life.” The Hebrew word shalom can be translated prosperous also; and carries the connotation of completeness, safety, health, soundness, and contentment. Need any of that? I know I do. This verse tells me I can have these as I meditate of the Word of God and carefully chose who I go to for counsel.
Jehovah Shalom, You are my peace, my wisdom, my counselor, my soon and coming king, my closest friend, my healer and I thank You. Your provision for my healing in all aspects of my life is more than I can fathom at times, thank You that your ways are so much higher than mine. Help me as I meditate on Your word to delight in You and Your word. Plant me as You will and cause me to be fruitful for Your purposes, I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen