Steeped in the scripture

"(2)But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.  
(3)He is like a tree planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers." - Psalm 1:2-3

This Psalm, particularly verse 3 is something that has been quoted to me throughout my life. Since I was small my mother has drilled into my head that I'm to be like a tree planted by streams of water. Later in life a mentor of mine picked this verse to pass on to me to send me off. But yesterday for the first time I understood verse 2.

See the man prospers in all he does because he delights in the law of the Lord. He meditates on it day and night. He is steeped in the word and the word becomes the stream that feeds him. The Hebrew here is an irrigation canal, water sent to the tree specifically to water it.

It occurs to me that many things might define my life, my work, the place I live, my friends, perhaps even my love for the Lord, but I don't think that "steeped in the word," or "meditates day and night on the law of the Lord," is yet on the list. And I want it at the top of my list. I want to yield fruit in and out of season. I want to not wither but prosper in all I do. I want to steep myself in the scriptures. After all...

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,"
- 2 Timothy 3:16

I live like the scripture is important, not like it is breathed out by God. But even this verse goes on to say...

"that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." - v17

I want to be competent, equipped for every good work.

Are you steeped in the scripture?