By David Yim, Youth Director
Passage: Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 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.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
As I reflect on the past 25 years of my life, I have come to notice that my growth in my walk of faith has come in subtle and unnoticeable ways. This is a verse I always go back to when I feel dry and when I need to be reminded that my life is in God’s hands. The Psalmist uses beautiful poetic language to show the lives of those who are in God’s hand and are seeking His righteousness. He writes that they are like a tree planted by streams of water and that their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper. The imagery here has been impactful throughout my life because a tree takes time to grow and a tree goes through many seasons in life. Everytime I read this verse, I am reminded to seek righteousness above all other things in life such as happiness and comfort. As long as my eyes and my heart is set on the Lord, God will pave the way for my life and guide each step. Through each and every season of joy, pain, confusion, and loss, God will sustain me.
As we continue our lives in this very difficult situation, let us reflect and meditate on ways that we can seek His righteousness and love. Let us also be reminded that we are like a tree planted by streams of water and that God will sustain us through all seasons of life.