S (Scripture) – Psalm 1:1-3 “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by steams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.”
O (Observation) – Lord, when we meditate on Your law, we are transformed by it. It’s impossible to truly seek Your face, search for truth, and come up empty. You have promised us that if we seek You with all of our heart then we are sure to find You. When we are not preoccupied in this life with trying to figure out its meaning, what is really real, why all of these issues arise in our circumstances, what is coming next, etc. then we can see the world around us more clearly for what it really is in light of eternity. This confidence that can only come from our reliance on You results in a firm foundation from which to operate in our day-to-day lives. We will not be moved. Our roots have grown deep into the soil of Your provision and we do not question Your ability. The streams of water nearby are Your continual times of refreshing that we cannot escape. It is reassuring to know that even the most healthy of trees do not continuously bear fruit…yielding fruit in its season really means that there is a time for fruit to be yielded and there is a time that the fruit is to be growing. No matter what, this leaf will not wither – despite the weather going on around us, we will continue to thrive. Whatever this person who is dependent on You does, according to Your will, he or she will prosper. You honor those who humble themselves and honor You. There will be times when tragedy, illness, or adversity pummel even the most faithful of Your children. The promise we have from You is that, through all of it, You will be with us and will ensure that ultimately, we will prosper and Your name will be made great as a result.
A (Application) – Just like we have to continuously eat food in order to remain physically healthy in our bodies, we must also feed our mind, soul, and spirit with the word of God in order to remain healthy spiritually. We cannot just gorge ourselves one day a week with food and then starve ourselves for the rest of the week and expect our bodies to function normally. The same is true with our spiritual appetites. In order to experience the benefits of the psalmist’s description of a true believer living a life of peace and confidence in You, we must understand where it comes from – from being continually transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). As we take in more and more of the word and hide it in our hearts (Psalm 119:11), we are building up a storehouse so that in our time of need, the Holy Spirit is able to retrieve that promise and we can declare it over our families, our circumstances, and our adversary.
P (Prayer) – Thank You, Lord, for the confidence of knowing that every season is determined by You. Help me to walk in peace knowing that my part is to seek after You with my whole heart, be obedient to what You have asked me to do, and leave the results up to You. It is easy to fall into the trap of trying to make things happen in my own strength while inadvertently leaving You out, or to just ask You to bless my plan. No way. I want all that You have for me and do not want to miss out on anything You have planned. Guide my heart, Lord. Lead my steps. Your word is a lamp unto my feet.