June 14, 2021
by: Gabriel Tseng

Blessed is the person who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the Law of the Lord,
And on His Law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree 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.

The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.
– Psalm 1

As summer is here with sweltering heat, it reminds me of seasons in which are distinct in affecting surroundings and even dictating our lives. Rhythms in life are dictated by seasons in which are lived in sequence and one after another, always  bookended to one another. Our devotional time is as a meditative time in which we carry with us throughout the day. In agrarian cultures, the Word of God is read and chewed on throughout the day, marinating and digesting within our souls as we go about our days. Abraham Lincoln was rumoured to only have read a couple books throughout his life, but he knew them well. Amongst them was the Bible in which he understood deeply, and often reflected in deep conviction and refined articulation that were profoundly shaped by God’s Word. 

With many pictures in this Psalm, as wisdom literature, is to be to us like a food that is to be deeply savoured. Like hard candy, not bitten through in haste, but slowly digested for its immediate wisdom, but also for its depth and the layers in which God would speak to us. A tree planted by the stream is a powerful picture for me. It seems that a river is ever flowing, not stagnant, but flowing over the roots while also being planted and sturdy. Trees grow aplenty where there is water flowing. Is it no wonder that water is such a powerful picture of life, and the lack of it, such disaster in God’s word? Is it not the Lord who sustains all, those who trust in Him, and those who have yet to? 

As we enter this summer season and with easing restriction, we will scale back our daily devotions to once a week through the summer as we consider again how we will proceed as we enter the fall. Chew on God’s Word deeply. Listen to what He has to say to us and enter into relationship with friends around us in the Word. If you would enjoy ideas of daily devotions or would enjoy some additional resources, I would love to connect with you!

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