Like a Tree
Psalm 1:3 (ESV) 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 1:3 (AMP) And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].
Why would we want to be compared to a tree? Well…
Trees stand tall.
They are ‘grounded’.
Have many useful purposes.
So, what does that have to do with the comparison we find in the above verse. The reason why the psalmist is comparing the two is found in verses 1 & 2 of the Psalm. It states “Blessed is the man”, “his delight is in the law of the Lord”, “he meditates on it night and day”. These are the reasons. Yet for us to be blessed, to delight in the law of the Lord, we must have a relationship with Him. That is what I would consider the ‘planting’ of the tree.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to plant is to put or set in the ground for growth . Well the ‘ground’ as I see it for any Christian is the ‘law of the Lord’ or rather His Word. For us to be firmly planted, tended by the streams of water (His Spirit), bringing forth the fruit of our lives in Him, staying strong in our faith, and maturing in His love we must be active participants in the reading of God’s Word. In that Word is where we learn how to be what Jesus desires us to be. It is where we learn and grow so that when we look in the mirror we no longer see ourselves but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Being ‘planted’ is not always easy. It is not always fun. It is not always done the way we want but to become rooted in Jesus brings more joy, peace, joy, contentment, joy, love, joy, hope, joy, strength, and joy than anything else around.
My prayer is that my relationship with Jesus grows stronger each day…that I become more rooted in His Word so that I can face any challenge that comes my way…that I can be a testimony to the faithfulness of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. How about you?