Christian, do you feel dry and withered? Are you overwhelmed by circumstances? Do you feel you are lost in the wilderness? It’s not that God has left you. It may be that you have not been meditating on the truth of God’s word.
Psalm 1 is a key to abundant living. Jesus said that when we come to Him there would be a spring of life in us that would overflow from our hearts (John 4:13,14). He is that wellspring of life. The Holy Spirit in us is the source. Sometimes, however, our minds are distracted from the source.
Watch what you think about
Psalm 1 says, “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,”
There are a lot of mockers speaking negativity today. I am in the habit of reading the news in the morning while eating breakfast. Sometimes that is the first thing I do. Whether I read the news from the left or the right, politically speaking, there is a lot of mocking. If I drink from that spring, there may be bitterness in my soul!
The Psalm goes on to say, “Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law (word) 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.”
Planted by a stream
The secret, then, is what we meditate on. The ones who think deeply about God’s truth and His words, send their roots down deep into the stream of God’s Spirit. As a tree that is planted by a stream, those people will thrive and bear fruit. They will be green and prosperous.
For Jesus’ followers, it is vital that we stay connected to Him. It is true, that God never leaves us. He is with us constantly, so it is not hard to connect with Him, but we can be distracted by many things that keep us from drawing from His well of life. Connecting with Him through the Bible and the Holy Spirit brings water and stability to our souls.
So if you find yourselves feeling dry and defeated, take time to get with God in His word. Ask the Holy Spirit to make the truth of His Word come alive to you in that moment. Ask Him to lead you to the scriptures that will water your soul. Stay in His presence until you know, again, that you are rooted in His love.
One of my favorite scriptures
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells” (Psalm 46:4).
Let’s allow the river of His Spirit that lives in us abundantly to refresh our souls with joy as we think about what God has done for us!