picture-131Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season. Whose leaf also shall not wither; and what ever he does shall prosper.

1. The Hebrew word for “blessed” can also mean “enriched.” David begins this Psalm with this word and ends Psalm 2 with it. Therefore some say that 1 and 2 are one psalm. It is within these Psalms that we discover how to be enriched. From the letters of the root it literally means “strength consuming your mind.” The root word means straight or level.

2. Our delight is in the law of the Lord, meaning, the law which God gave to Moses. But here is something interesting. There are those who believe that the next phrase does not refer to the Lord – “and in his law.” Rather, this law of the Lord, when practiced, becomes ownership of the one being enriched. It’s God’s law and when we begin to work it it becomes a part of us and is ours.

3. We become like a tree planted. The Hebrew word for planted or rooted in water is not used here. Rather, it is a word which gives the picture of our soul being replanted in heaven. Taking God’s commands as ours plants our roots in heaven.

4. Fruit in its season – our fruit is by divine timing. Nothing is automatic nor constant, but our fruit is timely.