This week we will be looking at Psalm 1. That Psalm is filled with rich illustrations of BOTH a like that is wasted and a life that God will bless.
One of the lines of the Psalm describing the godly person that I love is: (Psalm 1:3)
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
- Trees have immense root systems. When a tree towers into the sky, we can be sure that a massive root system is buried deep in the ground below it. In the Psalm, the tree is tapped into the river of God and he is making it grow. The roots are what hold the trip up in wind, storm, and other calamity. We are being encouraged to put our roots down deeply into God and his Word.
- Trees don’t show up overnight. We have all seen, or at least seen pictures of, trees that are centuries old. They stand the test of time. We live in a microwave age, but our faith in Christ is built over the course of a lifetime. Give it time – give him time – and he will do amazing things in your life.
- Trees represent stability. There is a major difference between a tumbleweed and a tree. The tumbleweed is blown across the landscape. Trees are solid. The Lord will make us solid and stable in the face of any and all circumstances.
- Trees produce. They produce shade. They produce fruit. They produce oxygen. I read that one large, healthy tree provides the required oxygen for 10 people. What a great contribution.
I want to be that healthy tree described in Psalm 1.
The great promise for us is this: Like the unwithering leaf, we will produce the fruit that God desires from our lives as we are rooted and grounded in him.