Grow Where The River Flows

Psalms 1:1-2 KJV Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

My interpretation of this scripture is this; Fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God is the man who does not follow the ungodly’s advice or example, or sit down to partake in the way of the scoffers. But he loves God’s word and he habitually spends time in His word, grows in His word, day and night. And because he does this, he will be like a tree firmly planted by the streams of water and is always nourished form the stream. He yields fruit in due season (he produces the fruits of the spirit). Nothing in his life withers but he prospers in everything he does.

This scripture is telling us it is not wise to surround yourself with those who are living a life to fulfill their sinful lusts and the ones who mock and think of living for God as worthless. Seeking the advice from someone who doesn’t acknowledge God is not the best way to grow in the Lord. But the one who loves God’s word, he is blessed, fortunate, and favored of God. Because he surrounds himself in God’s word, he shall be immovable. He is firmly planted and is abundantly nourished. God’s word provides the best answers, guidance, and wisdom.

When God sent His spirit upon mankind, it was so that the things of Christ would be revealed to us if we are willing to listen, and that we would become completely alive. Everything would be cleaned. Just as water cleans and freshens when it is rushing so it is to the parts of us that are dirty, that resist becoming perfected. The Lord cleans out every filthy and imperfect thing in us through his spirit.

John 7:38 says out of our bellies shall flow rivers of living water.

When we speak in tongues, when the spirit of God is working in us, it cleans us out. If we desire to follow the things of God, then that rushing river will come. The river will flow and never end. Anything that is ungodly that is in our way of keeping the commandments will be washed away and the water flow eternally- out of our belly, out of every part of us.

We recently had a minister come to our church for fall revival. While he was here, he mentioned the waters that flow in the altar. He said there is a powerful stream flowing down the aisle to the altar. When he said this, I felt God impress on me, stay in the river, stay in that powerful stream. Then an image of a tree being firmly planted by a river bank appeared in my mind just like psalms one mentions.

The altar is where sacrifices are made. The waters that flow in the altar come from sacrifice. To give God our time, to sacrifice our own self will, and plant ourselves in the word is when we will see that psalms one scripture come to life in our lives. Giving God my time and making his word my delight will cause me to be planted by the rivers, the rivers that cleans, heal, and guide. It will cause me to flourish and never perish. I will produce the fruits of the spirit and never grow weak but I will be strong in the Lord.

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