The Happy One Counseled by His Creator

The blessed man exemplified in Psalm 1 lives in God’s world. Since his world is God-relational, he is counseled in a distinct way. Those who are wicked, sinners, or those who scoff at God and his ways do not inform his counsel. Instead, he delights in and is counseled by the matchless counsel of God, so much that he meditates on it day and night. What is the effect of this God-saturated counseling on this man? Psalm 1, Jeremiah 17, and John 15 enliven his real life context. This God-counseled man is like a tree that is planted by streams of water. This tree bears fruit in its season. His leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. So when the drought comes, what happens to this tree? This happy man continues to trust in the unwavering wisdom of God. He does not fear when heat comes. His leaves remain green, and he is not anxious in the year of drought. He does not cease to bear fruit. Why? The ultimate answer to this question, is that instead of forsaking the LORD during a nearly unbearable year in his life, he runs to the only satisfying fountain of living water—Jesus, his only redeemer and refuge. This man whose roots have run deep down by the streams of never-ending water, has come and remains in Jesus. This Jesus-dependent tree realizes his need for the one who says, “Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing, even endure the hardest year of your life. Abide in my love.”


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