But his delight is in the law of the LORD and in His law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:2 NKJV).
Thomas à Kempis said, “I have no rest but in a nook with the Book.” Communion with the Lord through meditation on the Scriptures provided profound rest and refreshment in the midst of the demands of life. The same theme song is sung by the psalmist. Meditation on God’s law made him like a tree firmly planted by the streams of water; there was an unlimited source of sustenance.
Psalm 1 is an autobiographical witness of what the Lord had done for the psalmist and a prophetic statement to the wicked who scoff and take their place among those who oppose God’s ways. But not the positive affirmation of what is available to us: The psalmist meditated on God’s law. We have the flowing streams of the whole Bible as the water of life to feed the tree of our life.
Each day’s reading of a portion of Scripture gives us water for the roots. The residual resource moves through the trunk up into the branches, out into the leafage of a beautiful life, and into the fruit of character. A quiet time in our “nook with the Book” enables quietness of soul in the din of life’s demands. Jesus said, “Take care to live in me, and let me live in you. For a branch can’t produce fruit when severed from the vine. Nor can you be fruitful apart from me” (John 15:4 TLB).
The metaphor shifts, but the psalmist’s meaning is the same. Each day we put our roots down in the streams of the Living Water, Christ Himself. Then, all through the day, we are refreshed by what we took from the artesian brook in our nook. We all need a quiet place for our 15 minutes to freedom each day. Out of His Word, Christ will give us a thought which will reorient our day and flower in inspiration all through the day. Expect nothing less today!
My tree of life is planted in Christ. He will give me all I need to live abundantly today.