Psa. 1:2,3 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. 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.
Spiritual drinking is at the heart of our spiritual life. The written word plays a key role in this aspect of our Christian walk. Jesus is called the Word of God in the Bible, the reformers called Him the Fountain of Gardens. Here is where we connect the dots. Today’s verse describes the blessed man as the man who delights in the word of God. The Psalmist says that this man is like a tree planted by rivers of water. What the scripture is saying is this, Christ – the Word of God- is our source of life. He is the fountain from where all life springs. These waters of life, described by David, are Christ Himself. He is the written word. As we search and feast on the scripture, we are drinking in this water of life. Here is how Erasmus described it.
“What will be the result? If he has done all this, this teacher of mine, says the psalm, “will be like a tree planted beside streams of water, because he will give in his season the fruit” of salutary (a beneficial effect, health) doctrine. He will be a tree that will not bend to the buffets of fortune, a living tree, a tree watered by the abundant stream of heavenly grace, forever standing by the sacred river of Scripture. Ezekiel entered this river long ago and was amazed to find that it could not be crossed; it is immeasurably deep, and no human being can reach to the bottom. You must be satisfied to drink from it as much is permitted.”
The Word of God is like a bottomless river. It is a flowing, clear stream of revelation, healing, restoration, and guidance. Studying the scripture is where we begin to draw this life into ourselves. Reading the Bible is far different from reading other books. Those books can give us wisdom and insight; this book is life itself. So go ahead and have a big drink today. This book can satisfy our deepest thirst and meet our deepest needs. As you develop a lifestyle of reading the Bible, it will become the greatest joy of your life.