Have you ever experienced a dry season – a time when everything seemed hard, and no matter how much effort you made, nothing seemed to go your way? It’s the time when you lacked vitality, and you felt like you were just going through the motions of life. Dry seasons can feel so unproductive and even passionless. It’s like you’re just trying to survive and get through, hoping things will get better. Excitement and joy can seem like a distant memory.
The psalmist gives us insight into what causes dry seasons. Dry seasons come from the sources where we gain information, direction, and instruction. Like a tree that relies on the rain to produce, it’s external sources that we depend upon to be productive. We feel if others would just… if work would just… if circumstances were… then we’d be good. When we rely on external sources, we can find ourselves disappointed and discouraged because they can let us down. Yet, the psalmist points out a tremendous promise from God. God promises to those who allow His word to be their source; they can experience continual success and vitality no matter what is happening around them. A tree planted by the river has the ability to develop a root system that draws from the river no matter what the weather conditions are. That means that it can experience no more dry seasons.
Let’s look at the stipulations associated with this promise and how we can benefit from them personally. First, God’s Word must become a delight to us. In other words, spending time in God’s Word is not something we feel we have to do but instead something we enjoy doing. Secondly, it’s seeing God’s Word not as good advice but actually the final authority in our life – we see God’s Word as the law of the Lord in that it provides the loving instruction of our Father guiding us to know what is right and true. Lastly, it requires we devote ourselves to developing the habit of reflecting on scripture. It cannot be a once in a while situation but instead an everyday reality. Meditation is thinking about and pondering what scripture means to gain understanding and see how we can apply the wisdom it provides to our daily lives. When we meditate on God’s Word, we are listening to hear the voice of the One who wrote it as He speaks it to our hearts. Our faith grows as it becomes a personal word from our Father and gives us the confidence to trust what it instructs us to do. That is where we find success.
Let the inspiration and the promise made in this Psalm become a personal revelation to you this coming year. Let’s develop the habit of meditating on God’s Word, as it becomes our source of information, direction, and instruction for life. Let’s determine to have no more dry seasons but instead let everything we do prosper.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for your Word. May it truly become the light to my path and lamp to my feet as it directs me in the way I should go. May your Spirit speak through your Word and cause it to become alive in me as I take the time to contemplate it and develop the habit of meditation. Thank you for helping me experience no more dry seasons. In Jesus’ name, Amen!