How to Live

“Happy are those whose delight is in the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all they do, they prosper.” [Psalm 1:2-3]

The first verse of this psalm told us how not to live. So, the second verse now tells us how to live. We are to delight in the Lord.  The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?” The answer sounds a bit like this verse, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” Now the language of this catechism is from the 1600’s, so “man” means “humanity.” Our chief end as human beings is to glorify God and enjoy God forever. This is what we are supposed to do with our lives. Are you glorifying as well as enjoying God these days? The psalmist says if we are, then we will be like a flourishing tree nestled by streams of abundant water. We will bear fruit in our season and not wither, prospering in all we do. The imagery of this psalm is layered with so much meaning for us. The stream of water is the source of life as the tree sinks its roots deep. We, too, must sink our roots deep into the life giving word of God and delight in being present to God. Another psalmist puts it this way, saying, “God is our refuge and strength,” our source and sustenance. Happy are those who enjoy God. May this be so for us.


“Water my life, O God, with flowing streams of your grace. Bear in my life, creating God, the living fruits of your love.” May I delight in you, O God, and glorify you by the way I live each day. Amen.

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