by Maria Rudolph
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But whose delight is in the law of the Lord … [are] like a tree planted by streams of water (Psalm 1:2–3).
The Book of Psalms is also called the Prayer Book of the Bible. In it many human heart conditions are addressed and prayerfully brought before the Lord, sometimes as an outcry and a lament. In Psalm 1, a beautiful picture is painted of a lush tree growing by a stream, roots deeply anchored near a riverbed.
The roots of some trees are nearly as deeply anchored in the ground as the tree is high above the earth. As a faithful child of God, if you have your roots deeply anchored in the word of God and if you keep a close relationship with him by involving him in your daily life and decisions, you are like that healthy tree. God is the one who gives us the ability to have a loving relationship with: ‘Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads’.
We walk more in step with our Lord when we know his words well by immersing ourselves in them as often as we can and is practical for us. This time of social distancing provides us with some good opportunities to open our Bible more often, with some outside distractions eliminated. And how wonderful – you are doing that right now as you ponder the words of this devotion!
Dear Lord, I thank you for making me a part of your flock. Feed me with your word every day so that I can be deeply rooted in you. You have the words of eternal life. Make me hungry and thirsty for them; make me want to soak them up like a strong tree planted by the stream. I want to know you more and more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.