Like A Tree

26 Sep

1Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3He 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 1:1-3

Our church youth last night talked about how important it is to meditate on God’s word and what blessings come to those who study the bible every day. The first Psalm paints a perfect picture for the reader of the relationship between the bible and the person who studies it.

David compares a blessed man to a tree. Why a tree? The answer is in the next line, “planted by streams of water”. Water is essential for plants because without it, there would be no photosynthesis, no way for the plant cells to breathe. Plants would die without a water-rich soil.

The writer is trying to make a point here. Not only is he comparing a blessed man to a tree, but he is also comparing the law to streams of water. Without those streams, the soil would be dry and no water would be able to go into the tree’s roots. The tree would die without those streams. The blessed man would perish without God’s word in him.

There is a second point that David makes. The water changes the tree when it enters. In verse three, David says that the water yields the tree’s fruit and its leaf never withers. When scripture is in our hearts and we meditate on it “day and night”, we are changed for the better. God transforms us into the disciples He wants us to be, our minds are conformed to His law and our actions reflect that transformation.

Be like a tree. Meditate on God’s word day and night and rely fully on that water to yield your fruit.

Lord, make me that tree.

Help me meditate on your word day and night.

May your word flow through me like water through a plant,

And may it produce good fruit for Your glory.

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