He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers [channels] of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Ps 1:3)
This passage of Scripture is referring to the person who delights in the Word of the Lord and meditates upon it day and night. Such a person is just like a well-watered tree that has a constant source of water and refreshment.
Here is advice for people who have just planted a tree on their property, and it demonstrates how seriously a newly planted tree needs water.
How much water does the tree need? 25 gallons once a week. A deep soaking is needed for enough water to penetrate the root ball. A deep soaking also will allow the water to reach deeper levels of the soil so that new roots will establish well below the surface enabling the tree to have a higher capacity to withstand future droughts. Water your tree EVEN WHEN IT RAINS! Most storms do not produce enough rain (at least one inch) to keep up with the amount of water the tree needs. **
Since a natural, physical tree needs so much water to enable the roots to grow and to become well established, so too does a spiritual tree need the water of the Word of God. Below are a couple of Scriptures: one equates words with water, and the other demonstrates the importance of water.
The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream. (Prov 18:4)
But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. (2 Pet 3:5)
And like the physical tree, we need liberal amounts of the water of God’s Word daily. This watering produces stronger roots in us, enabling each of us to withstand future droughts. A drought for us would mean that we would not have access to the Bible, or to Biblical preaching and teaching, or to Christian fellowship for prolonged periods of time.
To be assured that you bring forth your fruit in its seasons, and that your leaf does not wither, make daily Bible reading an abiding habit in your life. In doing so, you not only protect your spiritual life but your physical life, as well.
Blessings upon you!
** Source: http://environment.yale.edu/uri/files/WATER%20WHEN%20IT%20RAINS.pdf