Psalms 1:1-3 "Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they proper in all they do."

When I think of the word planted, I think of a farmer who is expecting a crop. He cultivates the ground/soil, he plants his seed, waters and fertilizes it and expects it to grow. In the same manner, this scripture describes how we too can be planted, watered and bearing fruit by spending time in God's presence and obeying the Word. One of the definitions for planted is to "place or fix in a specific position, or to position oneself.

That leaves us to ask the question, "How do we position ourselves to become planted?"

  1. Be in Good Company

Psalms 1:1 lays out that in order to be blessed, we shouldn't follow the advice of those who don't mean us well, or whose hearts aren't in the right place with God. It goes on say we shouldn't join in with others who are sinning or spend their time mocking others. Let me clarify, this doesn't mean we're better. However, in order to remain focused on the path that God has for us, we need to remain in the company of those who can push us forward, not pull us away.

2. Delight in the Law

Verse 2 is the foundation for all things good. Delighting in the law of the Lord produces great fruit. I love how the bible doesn't just say "they read the word," but goes as far as to express that being delightful and cheerful in the word of God is a practice that helps you to become planted. Find ways in your current schedule to cultivate study time - with you, God and your bible. You can start by reading a certain book, or allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to a particular passage. Our goal is to get to a place where we are meditating on the word of God, focusing on it throughout the day, and thinking about scriptures continually.

3. Stand Tall

Once we get in good company and create a practice of delighting in the law, meditating on it day and night, over time, expect the fruit of the Spirit to begin to reap a harvest in your life. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control will begin to take root in your life as you continue to wash yourself in the Word of God. Psalms 1:3 reads, "They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither and they prosper in all they do."

May you be planted in this season and every season to come.

Father God, thank you. Thank you for your word. Help us to cultivate good soil, so that the seeds of your Word will fall on good ground. May you water us with you Spirit, that we may never thirst again. Our prayer is to be planted by the rivers of water, strong, immovable and ultimately prospering. May all of these things bring glory to your Name. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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