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 1:2-3 NIV
One of the wettest places in the world is the Iao Valley which is found on the island of Maui. And this year, I found myself standing smack dab in the middle of it. As I stepped out of the car I blinked a few times in awe of what I was witnessing. The lush mountainsides dramatically towered over me. I had never seen such fertile, vital, and fruitful landscape in all of my life.
As we walked through the valley we heard the rushing stream, which would better be described as a river. Due to the year round rain that falls on the Iao Valley, the Iao stream is a powerful and constant fixture in the landscape. The water never stops rushing; consequently, the vegetation surrounding never stops growing.
I couldn’t help but think of this valley when reading Psalm 1. The man in Psalm 1 is “blessed” because of his delight in God’s law: the Bible. In fact, it describes this man like a tree planted by a stream… Fruitful, Invigorated, Full. One whose life is fruitful, does not waste away, and thrives through changing circumstances.
Much like stream that flowed through the Iao Valley… God’s word is described to be a flowing stream into our lives. And for us, this means everything. Why? Because we have life and consistency and vitality and fruitfulness promised to us by God in his word. The Bible is God’s teaching, His counsel, commands, encouragements, promises, and comforts. Psalm 1 shows us how God’s word is essential for our growth. The Bible is foundational to the Christian life. If we aren’t spending time reading or listening or studying or delighting in it, Psalm 1 says we cannot flourish spiritually. Without it, we would dry up like a valley with no stream.
So what does that mean for us today? Maybe it means setting aside a fraction of our day to read a verse or two from the Bible. Maybe it means doing that with someone who is more familiar with the Bible. Or maybe it means helping someone else read the Bible for the first time.
God desires for us to prosper spiritually in this season and He gives us the means to do so: His word. So ultimately it’s our choice, do we want to plant ourselves in a dry and infertile land, or do we want to plant ourselves by the stream so we can experience vitality, growth, and life to the full — just how God intended for us.
written by Morgan Stoecklein