Yesterday we talked about Psalm 1:3, I want to dig a little deeper in that scripture today, if I may.
The scripture says….
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither.
And whatever he does shall prosper.
Are you like a tree today? Are your roots deep? Are you grounded?
Let’s look at some of the characteristics of this tree and see!
First of all, we must be rooted in Him.
Colossians 2:7 says, Let your roots grow down deep into Him, and let your lives be built upon Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
This is one of my most favorite verses. Our root must be in God and His word. It cannot be in anything else. As we grow in God, we must make sure our connection to Him, and the word of God remains strong and steadfast.
Another characteristic is this; Trees always grow toward the light.
We too, must seek the light of God and His word if we are going to grow strong in Him. God will keep us in perfect peace as our mind is stayed upon Him. As we continue to look to Him for all we have need of. He is our light.
Many trees, especially deep-rooted trees, survive storms.
They may bend under the pressure, but they do not break. Likewise, we must do the same. When things don’t go our way, we can’t allow it to break us. We must continue to trust God and His promises.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10 says, We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
Trees can grow even stronger during times of drought. The need for water causes their roots to go deeper and deeper. Once those roots are deep, it is almost impossible to uproot them. We see this in tropical places. During hurricane season, trees bend all the way over, but the next day, they are upright again. Almost as if nothing happened.
What about the leaves on the trees? They die and fall to the ground year after year. But have you ever seen a tree try to hold on to their leaves? No, me either. They let the dead things go, knowing new growth is coming. Knowing they will be renewed.
Oh, if we could see this from the life of a tree. If we could easily let the dead things, the things that no longer produce life for us, fall to the ground and be blown away. If we only knew once the dead things were gone, we would be renewed again. We would then see continual new growth.
Trees make an impact…as should we. They are a place of refuge and shade for others. Additionally, they provide other benefits, like wood. They enrich the ecosystem, filter the air and give off oxygen. They are important to our daily lives.
We too, should make an impact. One of my favorite books is a children’s book called The Giving Tree. I love it. It tells the story of how a tree never quits giving. That’s how we should be.
Finally, a tree produces fruit. This tree, planted by the river, never stops producing fruit. Year after year, it produces fruit.
How about you? Are you a tree planted by the rivers of water? Are your roots deep in God? Do you grow ever stronger in difficult times? Are you a benefit to others? Are you producing fruit year after year?
I choose to be that tree – to allow my roots to grow deep into Him. I pray I produce fruit in every season. I pray the same for you. May it be so in each of our lives, may we be that tree planted by the rivers of water.
Meditate on this:
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed. Proverbs 3:18