His delight is in Yahweh’s Torah.
On his Torah he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water
that brings forth its fruit in its season,
whose leaf also does not wither.
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
We all want to live a prosperous, beneficial life full of meaning. Self-help books, wealth schemes, and countless other sources promise to offer the key to a fulfilling, successful, meaningful life. But where can we experience true, lasting prosperity—the kind that thrives not because we get everything we want, but because we’re doing things that matter?
When I was a kid, I thought prosperity basically amounted to the nice house, a nice job, and a money-in-the-bank type of life; however, as I grew up and continue to grow in Jesus, my perspective has shifted more and more. I’ve come to realize true prosperity is not about what we have, it’s about what we do; it’s not about where we are, but where our focus lies.
Ponder the verses above: when we meditate on Yahweh’s Torah—that’s His teaching, His precepts, His guidance—we become like trees planted by streams of water. That’s not to say we just happen to land where there is, coincidentally, water just waiting for us; we are planted, intentional and precise, in the place where there is the most flourishing. Notice it’s not when we delight in the things we think are best or when we meditate on manifesting our own wellbeing into the universe that we become so firmly rooted in lifegiving places; we have to make our focus the things of God. We must delight in HIS teachings and HIS principles. We must meditate (think deeply or focus the mind) day and night, or constantly, on these things.
When our minds are focused and thinking deeply on the law and instruction of God, then we are planting ourselves purposely by streams of water, an imagery often used for life, health, and gladness. God assures us that in doing this, ensuring our focus is in the right place and our priorities are in doing what’s right and pleasing Him, we will bear fruit without withering, and we will prosper.
And this is true prosperity! Not a “get rich quick” scheme, not a “you can have it all here and now” program, but a co-laboring with everlasting implications. We will do good for God here in this life and echo forward into eternity with rewards and effects on those around us as well as on the Body of Christ.
When we are planted by the life-giving waters of God’s “Torah”—His law—what we do will prosper, because we will flourish in the might of God’s good and true principles. What could possibly be more prosperous or more important than that?