Psalm 1:3

Welcome to another short Psalm discussion. If you have missed the other Psalm posts, you can find them here.

Psalm 1:3 reads, “He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.” (NKJV)

Hmm, this sounds nice, doesn’t it? I know that I would like to be like a tree planted by rivers of water. Wouldn’t it be nice if everything we did prospered?

In context, we can see now those who meditate on the law of the Lord (v. 1:2) are those who will prosper so. This involves continuous thinking about the law of God because it brings us good pleasure. Likely, the law of God spoken of here is the Torah, or the first five books in the Old Testament.

The Hebrew word “prosper” is ṣālēaḥ. It means to advance, prosper, make progress, succeed, be profitable.

I think the key here is that if we are focused on God and His will at all times, then our desires and motives will be for Him to shine through us. We will prosper in this goal if we are content to think about and meditate on Him and His ways.

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