[I’d love to invite you to my “verse by verse” walk through the book of Psalms. On this journey, my intentions will be to take one verse at a time and journal my thoughts here, in a series I’ve entitled, “A Walk Through the Book of Psalms.” So please stop by every Tuesday and Wednesday and walk with me on this journey. Also, if you’ve an interest to read the previous posts, look under the categories section, to the right, and click on “Walk Through Psalms”]
And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season;
Its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity]. [AMP]
The artist in me, longs to paint the beautiful scene, shared here in verse three. I would be careful, to lay to canvas, a magnificent tree…full of ripe fruit, nestled within thick, lush grass of green, growing by a brook of waters, clear and blue. As I visualize the words of the writer (Perhaps David or his son Solomon) I’m transported to a place of comfort, a place of peace and a place full of nourishment.
Thinking about these rivers of waters, I’m reminded of the words Jesus spoke, to a woman at a well, so long ago; “…whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water [satisfying his thirst for God] welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life.” (John 4:14)(AMP) Approximately a week later, in Jerusalem “…on the last and most important day of the feast, Jesus stood and called out [in a loud voice], “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! He who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Me], as the Scripture has said, ‘From his innermost being will flow continually rivers of living water.’” (John 7:37) (AMP)
This “living water” promised by, both the psalmist and Jesus, is the Holy Spirit, God puts within our hearts, when we accept him. God promises, “…because you [really] are [His] [children], God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:6)(AMP)
The Holy Spirit fills me like rivers of waters, bringing forth all the nourishment and sustenance needed to live my daily life. However, we must “drink from these waters” through prayer. Prayer, then becomes, the means in which God releases his power into my life.
The more I drink from these waters the stronger I am and the more my life will show forth the fruits of the Spirit, which include, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. (Galatians 5:22-23)
My Prayer: Lord, I want my life to be full of the fruits of your Spirit. May I be so full of your love, joy and peace that it overflows to all around. Thank you for the rivers of water you’ve place within my soul. Help me to drink of them daily, so I’ll be, ever so close to you. Amen.