That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
The word “delight” was also used of that in which one takes delight as in one’s business, pursuits, or affairs of life. The principle is that the study of God’s Word is to be one of the key purposes and affairs in our life in which we delight and to which we give careful attention.
As one reflects back on this wonderful introductory Psalm, it is clear that the central issue is God’s awesome and holy Word, the Scripture. The man (or woman) of blessedness and spiritual stability is one whose life is built on and bathed in the Scripture. One of the highlights for me last year was the Crossrail Walk and the Iced Baths I had at the end of the day. As I lay in the bath, freezing, every muscle in my body was affected and felt the benefit of the ice, or so I was told. When we immerse ourselves in the Word of God every area of our lives reaps the benefit.
How can the Bible have such a stabilizing affect on a person’s life?
Because of the nature of the Bible as God’s inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word to man, and because of its total sufficiency to meet every need of a person’s soul.