Whatever You Do Shall Prosper
“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.” Psalm 1:1-3
Much of the Scriptures are about instructing and encouraging our behavior to redirect us from sin to righteousness. We, all humankind, are naturally given to sin because of the fall of Adam. That revelation is one of the most important for us to be able to appreciate the true depth of the grace of God. Though some psychologists and those who profit from human sin would disagree and account most of all human behavior as simply natural and to be embraced and accepted as normal practice not to be judged, despite mountains of empirical evidence to the contrary.
But, we who are called by the name of the Lord, who have acknowledged our sin and accepted the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ’s blood and death on the cross, gladly seek to know and live by His Law of life in Christ Jesus our Lord than to die in the wantonness of sin.
Death is the reward for sin, but life and that more abundantly is the reward of righteousness.
There is blessing for those whose lives are not led by the counsel of the ungodly nor are they given to being associated in the company of sinners and particularly those who scornfully mock and deride the things and the people of God.
Who are the ungodly? They are those who refuse to acknowledge the truth of God’s Word. They live by the dictates of their natural human, sinful nature. They deny the truth of the God’s Word and they eschew the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus for the sins of the world. They mock God and hate His people. They may temporarily prosper in their way, but the end of their way is death —not just physical death, but eternal separation from God.
But for those who delight in the Lord, to know and to do His will, living by His ways and seeking Him night and day, there is great promise. Their lives shall be well established, drawing their sustenance from the deep streams of living water. “…the rivers of waters…”is a metaphor for the Word and wisdom of God that comes from above.
And these waters nourish the godly man’s life so that in due season he will be fruitful. “…his leaf also shall not wither” is a reference to thedaily renewing power of the Word of God. Unlike the natural leaves on a tree that wax old, wither, die and fall to the ground, the one who walks in the counsel of God, and associates with godly men, who patterns his life after the ways of the righteous will be in a continual season of renewal, refreshing and replenishment. This man will prosper in whatever he does.
What a profound promise! It ispossible to prosper in everything we do. It is a promise from God and it is true. The condition for realizing that promise is our choice to walk in the ways of God.
You and I are blessed as we delight ourselves in the law of the Lord, as we meditate in it day and night. We will prosper in whatever we do. And this is not a pseudo-spiritual boast but a declaration of faith and trust in the truth of the Word of God.
As true as is the promise of God that if we confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead we shall be saved, so true is His promise that if we delight ourselves in Him and seek Him day and night, everything we do will prosper.
Now, God knows our humanity that we are dust.[Psalm 103:14] He knows that even when our spirit is willing our flesh is weak, so He has not left the work of our salvation or our righteousness to us to secure on our own.
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17
He has made our salvation as easy as possible. We only need to confess Jesus and believe. As for our righteousness He has, of His own will, declared us righteous through faith in Jesus Christ. He has sent us the Holy Spirit to help us and by Him God is working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
It is also true that we can delight ourselves in the Lord while we are still in the process of growing in His grace. While we are still learning to live above the dictates and weaknesses of or flesh we can still delight ourselves in the Lord. The more we delight in Him the less we will be given to satisfying the whims of the flesh and the more like Him we will become.
In this we can be confident. God’s Word will not return void, but it will accomplish what He pleases and prosper in the thing where He sent it. [Isaiah 55:11]