Enjoy Perpetual Spiritual Springtime

Many people, like myself, enjoy the spring season. It is very refreshing to see things come to life after a difficult winter. The same holds true in the spiritual realm, and Psalm 1 gives us some insight into how one can have a spiritual springtime all of the time.
Enjoy Perpetual Spiritual Springtime
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A stark contrast is shown in Psalm 1 between the godly and the ungodly, and there is an emphasis about the blessings of the godly. As we consider verses one to three, we will see three things that will lead us to perpetual spiritual springtime.

First, though, it needs to be said that none of what you are about to read can happen in its fulness unless one surrenders their life completely to Jesus Christ, the only Savior for all (Acts 4:10-12). We can never be godly in and of ourselves. It has to be done through the saving work of

Christ. Once that occurs, we are to continue to grow in Christ, as follows.

I. Flee - 1

“Blessed is the man . . ."
True happiness is spiritual and must come from God. It is maintained by fleeing from three areas.

“...who  does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, . . .”
In our manner of living we must turn a deaf ear to the {1} counsel, advice and purposes of those who are not truly committed to Christ. The Hebrew word used here for ungodly means wicked, guilty of sin (against God or man), and wicked (hostile to God).

One might think they are a good moral person or that they are in right standing with God. However, if one does not measure up to the written Word of God, or their viewpoints are different than the desires of the heart of God then they are actually His enemy. It is written in James 4:4, “Do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

“...Nor stands in the way of sinners,...”
Some might easily misunderstand the wording of this phrase. “Stands in the way” does not mean to prevent them but to take a stand with them. Whether publicly or privately the true disciple of Christ must stand with Christ no matter how much people do not like it. 

Focusing upon the word “way” (“path” in the New King James) we must remember that Christ Himself said in John 14:6 that He is the only Way to the Father. It is such a blessing to turn one’s back upon the world that presents numerous ways to come to God and choose, instead, what God has ordained: His Son Jesus Christ.

". . .Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; . . ."
“Sits" carries the meanings of dwell, remain, sit, and abide. “Scornful" speaks of to scorn or talk arrogantly. Notice the negative progression for those who will not be blessed: First they begin, even ever so slightly, to listen and to then go along with the ways of the world, then take a stand with it and do not mind being part of the world. 

It is interesting to note that a positive parallel for this sequence exists in the epistle to the Ephesians, where it is shown that the those who truly trust in Christ are seated with Him (Ephesians 2:6), they are to walk in Him (Ephesians 2:10, 4:1, 17, 5:2, 8, 15), and are to stand in the armor of God (Ephesians 6:11, 13, 14).

II. Feed -  2

“But his delight . . .”

Perhaps many of us went through stages when we were children that we did not want to eat what was good for us. Hopefully, those that have experienced this have matured to the point where we have adapted our taste for a flavor or texture we did not like when younger.

The same is true for the word of God. And, in reality, most times our flesh does not want the written Word of God. I am of the opinion that our flesh instinctively knows that if we consume the Word of God its sinful desires will be deadened. Romans 8 is clear that needs to be done, so let us all learn to delight in the Word of God.

“. . . is in the law of YHVH, . . .”
This is a contrast against the negative actions taken by the ungodly as mentioned in verse one. If we are to be blessed, then we must take delight in God’s Word and not in the word of man.

“. . . And in His law he meditates . . .”
Now here is something I found to be very interesting when I was studying for this message. The Hebrew word translated here as “meditates” can mean . . .
1a1) to roar, growl, groan 
1a2) to utter, speak 
1a3) to meditate, . . .

What is indicated is that we should be constantly speaking to ourselves, out loud or inwardly, the Word of God. About the Hebrew word translated here as “meditates,” Wilson states (after he lists other uses), “When understood, therefore, of meditation, it implies what we express by one talking to himself.” 

“Meditates” is in the imperfect, therefore it indicates to continuously speak to one’s self. Therefore the psalmist continues with, “. . . day and night.” Yes, it does mean a 24 hour day, but it also means in good times and bad times. If we make


it a habit to meditate on God’s Word, which includes speaking it to ourselves, we will find it easier to do so in the difficult times.

Additionally, “. . . in His law does he meditate day and night,” is similar to YHVH’s command to Joshua in Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.

Before we move on to the final point it needs to be said that another major point of this last portion of verse two is that we are to be constantly meditating on God’s Word, not man’s word or ways.

III. Flourish - 3

“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, . . .”
In my mind when I read this I think of a large, wide, sturdy tree, and a healthy one at that. The inference is that those who delight and meditate upon the Word of God have an ever living source to draw from. While the world goes through winter, the one who is steadfast in the Word of God has their continuous delightful spring if they stay close to the Shepherd and His Word.

“. . . that brings forth its fruit in its season, . . .”
Those that are in Christ are to produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 5:9). Notice that it says, “in season.” Spiritual fruit does take time to develop. Just as it is the nature of an earthly fruit tree to produce fruit, so it is the spiritual nature of a true Christian to produce spiritual fruit because they have the nature of Christ within (2 Peter 1:4).

“. . . Whose leaf also shall not wither; . . ."
Someone came up with this good thought: “A Holy Bible that is worn and tattered probably belongs to someone who is not worn and tattered.” This point is expressed in this portion of verse three of Psalm 1. If we feel ourselves spiritually drained it might mean we need to get ourselves over to the river of God and feast on His Word.

“. . . and whatever he does shall prosper.”
While some might think this to mean absolutely anything a person does will prosper the context indicates that if someone has been delighting in the Word of God and meditating upon it then that person will be wanting to do things according to the Word of God. That would include not acting presumptuously and viewing God as a genie in a bottle.

“Shall prosper” is in the imperfect which would suggest ongoing activity. Of course that is contingent upon our ongoing delight and meditation in the Word of God and following the admonition of Psalm 1:1.

Notes:

{1} This series of words is based upon the definition given by James Strong for the Hebrew word that is rendered “counsel” in Psalm 1:1.

{2} Wilson, William: Wilson's Old Testament Word Studies (MacDonald Publishing Company, McLean, VA) p271

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    At times, people do not even have the spirit to hope in God, but through they may have forgotten the promises, God does not forget them.
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