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Day Twenty
Pastor Frank Aprea
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)

Psalm 1 is one of my favorite psalms in the Bible. I love the word picture of the tree used to describe the importance of God’s Word. The tree is planted by the stream; its roots go deep into the soil, drinking up an endless supply of water. As it does this, the tree is able to grow and produce fruit in each season of its life. Even in the toughest of seasons, its leaves never wither. It’s always producing. That’s what it’s like for us when we delight in and meditate on God’s Word. When we are not just reading, but rather living the Word of God, and applying it, we are putting the roots of our life deep into Jesus and receiving an endless supply of the Holy Spirit’s empowerment to bear much fruit even in our toughest seasons. How would you like to prosper in your relationship with God, in your relationship with family and friends, in your career, and every area of your life? I know I do. Let’s make a fresh commitment to “Delight” in His Word. Let’s read it not because we have to, but because we want to. Let’s “meditate” on His Word. Mediating means focused thinking. Let’s not just read it but think about what it says and ask the Holy Spirit what it means and how we can apply it to our life. Psalm 1:3 promises when we do this, whatever we do will prosper!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, as I freshly commit to delight in your Word and apply it to my life, may I put my roots deep into Jesus, drawing strength from the Holy Spirit, and may every area of my life bear much fruit for your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen!