Pastor Ken is sharing from Psalm 1 encouraging us to become rooted in God's Word.
Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do. Psalm 1:1-3
Notice we are encouraged to not walk out the advice offered by the wicked, nor stand around with the sinner, nor sit in participation with the mockers. Whether walking, standing or sitting we are not to do it in the company of evil. Now, we dwell in a fallen world, and while we will rub shoulders with a fallen world, we are not to grow comfortable in it.
So how do we become like those trees in the Psalms? We all desire prosperity, and this Psalm points out that this means not doing what the wicked do; not joining in when people do wrong, and not standing with people as they sin. This Psalm is pretty clear - you and I get to make decisions every day that either leads us to poverty or lead to prosperity.
We are to be people of rooted character. That way we can cease to wither and instead prosper by setting our roots deep. How is it that we become rooted? By dwelling in God’s Word, we can live a better life.
We need to recognize as overweight and obese people what rooted means for us. Just as with any area of life where we find ourselves fallen, our way of transforming is to be found in God’s Word. The greatest trees known to humanity are trees that set their roots deep in the earth for nourishment. We, too, must set our roots deep in God’s Word for deep, long-lasting transformation.