Mastering Your Mind (Part VI)
(Ps 1:1-3 KJV)
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of
the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law
doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by
the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his
leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The 1st Psalm is one of my favourite passages in the Bible. It starts off (v.1) by telling us that we will be blessed (happy) if we Reject the way of the wicked (the world’s advice, their sinful ways, and their scornful attitude). I will not focus too much on what to
reject. Suffice is to say that this rejection must occur in our
minds. The world is quick to try to get us to go back to looking and
living like them, but we must be mindful to stay focused on God. David
then transitions from what to Reject to what to Receive (the Word of God). He tells us to Delight and Meditate on the Word of
God day and night. God promises us here that if we do Delight and
Meditate on His Word — in our minds — that we will Rejoice in the following areas:
1. We will have a Stable Life (a tree planted by the rivers of water): A tree needs water to grow and to be sustained. A tree planted by the
rivers of water has roots that grow down and towards the river. This
tree has a constant supply of what it needs to grow and remain
strong. So it is with us, when we delight and meditate in the Word of
God and Master our Minds by nursing and rehearsing the Word constantly,
we have the stability of an unmovable tree. Winds may come and rains my
fall. The tree might sway, but it will not break and it will remain
stable. Why? Because its roots run deep and are being fed by the
river. Are you connected to God’s river (the Water of the Word)?
2. We will have a Fruitful Life (that bringeth forth his fruit in his season): A tree that is close to the water source cannot help but bring forth
fruit. Some fruit trees are weak and unfruitful, but the one described
in the text is setup to be blessed. Why? The text says that it was “planted by the rivers of water.” When we meditate on the Word of God and Master our Minds, we cannot
help but bring forth fruit. A tree cannot enjoy the fruit that it
bears. Fruit is not for the tree, but rather for others to enjoy. God
wants us to Master our Minds so that we can be a blessing to others (our family, friends, workplace, community, etc.) and lead them to Him! Are
you being fruitful?
3. We will have a Full Life (his leaf also shall not wither): How foolish would it be to encounter a tree with fruit, but no
leaves. Fruit is for others, but leaves are for us! Not only does God
want to bless others through us, but He also wants us to be blessed. How can we experience this Fullness? Through delighting and meditating in
the Word of God!
4. We will have a Prosperous Life (whatsoever he doeth shall prosper): This is the kicker. This is where I just go plum crazy! The text promises
that if we take delight and meditate in the Word of God constantly,
everything we do will prosper! God wants us to be prosperous in EVERY
area of our lives. He wants us to be blessed (happy). He wants us to be
Stable. He wants us to be Fruitful. He wants us to be Full. We cannot
have any of these results, however, if we do not first fulfil the
requirement. What is the requirement? Mastering our Minds through taking delight and meditating on the Word of God!
Confession for this day: Lord God. I reject the way of the wicked. I receive the way of the Word. I
rejoice in Your blessings. I meditate on Your Word day and night. I take Delight in Your commandments. I am Stable. I am Fruitful. I am
Full. Everything I do Prospers, because You make my way Prosperous!
In Jesus’ name.