March 12, 2021
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 1:3 ESV
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:7
Psalm 1 exalts the blessings of drinking in the word of God. I love the imagery of always having our thirst quenched and resultantly flourishing. It points to Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well of Jacob (John 4). He is the stream of life, the spring of living water, for which we can drink and never thirst. And he is the Word of God who became flesh (John 1).
In John and Paul’s writings, “water” and “word” were used interchangeably: we are washed with the word (Ephesians 5:26). We are born again by water (hearing the Word) and the Spirit (John 3:5). With this in mind, we should take to heart God’s mandate from the “Shema” (Deuteronomy 6:4-10) and teach our families how to drink from the Word throughout our day, that we might flourish in life with him.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling