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10th January 2024


The Way of the Righteous

The Lord blesses the way of the righteous. Psalm 1 highlights 3 ways that this is so:

  • Refreshment
  • Fruitfulness
  • Prosperity (living successfully for the Lord).

Righteousness comes from knowing God & we can personally know God through the Saviour Jesus Christ (John 17:3).
The wisest choice we can ever make it to keep investing in our relationship with God.
Today we will think around the refreshment that flows from that relationship with our Heavenly Father.


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 whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3 NKJV


The Psalmist depicts the blessed righteous person as being like a tree planted by rivers of water.
This is a tree that flourishes & fruits bountifully as it has an ever-ready rich supply of water.
It roots run deep & draw from the life-giving river of water. There is constant refreshment.
God, & His word, are a constant source of refreshment & life to us. SELAH

There is delight & bliss in experiencing the presence of the Lord (Psalm 16:11; John 16:24).
A daily source of vitality (leaves that do not wither or wilt) & rejuvenation.
Rich reward for those who seek & find the Lord (Jeremiah 29:13). SELAH
When we walk the way of the righteous God plants (transplants) us so that rich refreshment from Him flows freely to us.
Through saving faith in Christ we (wild olive trees) are transplanted into the richness (fat) of the olive tree that is Israel (Romans 11:16-18).
The river of His Spirit flowing freely to, & through, the Children of God (John 7:38). So, so good!!
Blessing & refreshment are what follow through knowing God, meditating on His word & walking in His ways.
If we stand in faith & keep investing in our relationship with God then fruitfulness is the inevitable result. It will surely follow!!

The way of the righteous is the way of the person who will delight themselves in the Lord.
Seeking & putting God first & above all else in our lives. Putting down deep roots that draw from the water of life.
The rich reward for such a person is life, blessing & constant refreshment. Joy in the presence of God.
The joy of knowing & being known intimately by the Lord, our loving heavenly Father. Amazing!!
Keep drawing rich refreshment from that river of life & blessing. Hallelujah!!!

For Reflection

  • How am I investing daily in my relationship with the Lord?
  • In what ways do I currently experience & enjoy refreshment & rejuvenation from the Lord?
  • Meditate upon being like a tree planted by rivers of water.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You are a constant source of life & refreshment,
That in Your presence is fullness of joy.
Jesus thank you that through Your saving work I can know my Heavenly Father,
Keep the river of Your Spirit flowing freely to me, & through me.
Holy Spirit lead & guide me to draw deeply from the water of life,
Sating close to the Lord & walking in His will, word & ways.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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