Get in the Word and Stay There

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 1:2-3, NLT).
When I’m driving to work in the morning, I enjoy listening to Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell.  During her Love Talk segment, she mentioned the words that serve as the title of this post.  While reflecting on her childhood, she shared that her father always said, “Get in the Word, and stay there.”
Those words reminded me of one of my favorite passages of scripture, Psalm 1.  Through the psalmist, God, our Father, is inspiring us to get in the Word and stay there.  Notice the incentives offered in verses 2 and 3:

  1. POSITION: They are planted, which represents God’s strategic intent.  When we’re in the Word, God will take us places on purpose.
  2. PRODUCTIVITY: They bear fruit each season, and their leaves never wither.  People who stay in the Word are constantly productive.
  3. PROSPERITY: They prosper in all they do.  That statement doesn’t need further clarification.  It simply needs an amen!

Anyone can be great momentarily, but sustained greatness requires consistent effort.  Therefore, I challenge you to not only make a one-time commitment to reading the Word of God, but make it a habit.  Get in the Word daily and stay there, and watch where God takes you!