Taking Time to Pause in His Presence – Part 1: Psalm 1:2-3
“…but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:2-3, ESV)
“His pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of “I Am,” meditating day and night in the true revelation of light. He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of his life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.” (Psalm 1:2-3, TPT)
While reading through the Psalms today, I felt a challenge in my Spirit regarding verse 2 of chapter 1. The thought of spending day and night meditating on the Word of God is a provoking thought. It’s one thing to read a devotional or start my day with a bit of a memory verse, but to literally marinate constantly on passages of scripture can be a little more confronting. It actually made me stop and ponder: What thoughts am I actually dwelling on during the day? What am I putting into my mind? Especially in this crazy, chaotic time in history – why wouldn’t I want to marinate day and night in TRUTH and HOPE and PROMISE?
The Lord then began to flood my mind with truth about the Word.
The Word of God is living and active, able to divide between soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12).
The Word of God cleanses and washes (Ephesians 5:6). The Word of God heals (Psalm 107:20). The Word is a sword that is used for tearing down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). The Word is a shield (Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 18:30). The Word of God is like a fire, and a hammer that shatters a rock (Jeremiah 23:29).
The Word of God is beautiful, pure, holy, lovely, admirable, excellent, praise-worthy (Philippians 4:8).
It is everything we need.
We can pause in His Presence and marinate on His truths found in the Word. No wonder the enemy hates us spending time in our Bibles.
The Lord then encouraged me with verse 3. He gently reminded me that when I do marinate on scripture, I am deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of life! When the Word of God begins to take root in our lives, the roots go deep. We begin to bear fruit, even in what appears to be the dry seasons.
When I am marinating on the Word above anything else, my fruit is healthy and prosperous. I have unending supply of living water, and I can stand firm even in the storms.
This is an amazing privilege of a child of God.
If you haven’t taken time to Pause in His Presence today, why don’t you let your roots sink deep and marinate in the Word of God for awhile. You can drink from the brooks of bliss while bearing fruit and growing greener and healthier.
May your delight be in His Word today and find your soul and mind prosperous and full of peace!
~ Mandy Woodhouse