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Like A Tree Firmly Planted

Psalm 1:1-3

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.

But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.

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].

The Psalms are full of personal emotion ranging from exultation and the highest praise to deep, dark depression and longing of the soul.  David expressed himself in an extremely personal way before God laying his full range of feelings open and exposed.

Many people today struggle with the exact same issues that David and the people of his time faced thousands of years ago.  What is the old clichĂ©?  The more things change the more they stay the same.  People hurt because we live in an imperfect world and we constantly battle in the unseen spiritual realm.

Psalm 1 is the first of 150 recorded Psalms and is considered to be “The Preface Psalm”.  That makes Psalm 1 verse 3 especially provocative upon consideration.

Like a tree

Like a tree firmly planted

Like a tree firmly planted by the streams of water

Like a tree firmly planted by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season

If you look up the word TREE using a computer and the internet you may stumble upon Wikipedia which offers the following information about trees:

  1. Below the ground, the roots branch and spread out widely; they serve to anchor the tree and extract moisture and nutrients from the soil. Above ground, the branches divide into smaller branches and shoots. The shoots typically bear leaves, which capture light energy and convert it into chemical energy by photosynthesis, providing the food needed by the tree for its growth and development.
  2. Roots:  The roots of a tree serve to anchor it to the ground and gather water and nutrients to transfer to all parts of the tree, and for reproduction defense, survival, energy storage and many, many other purposes.
  3. Trunk:  The main purpose of the trunk and branches of a tree is to maximize the amount of light that falls on the leaves.
  4. Buds and growth:  Trees do not usually grow continuously throughout the year but mostly have spurts of active expansion followed by periods of rest. This pattern of growth is related to the climatic conditions, growth normally ceasing when conditions are either too cold or too dry. In readiness for the inactive period, trees form buds to protect the meristem, the zone of active growth.  Inside this bud there is a rudimentary stalk and neatly folded miniature leaves, ready to expand when the next growing season arrives.  When growing conditions improve, such as the arrival of warmer weather and the longer days associated with spring in temperate regions, growth starts again.
  5. Leaves:  If insufficient water is available, as may happen in times of drought, the leaves droop, and if this state continues they will die.
  6. Seeds:  Seeds are the primary way that trees reproduce and their seeds vary greatly in size and shape. The seeds of conifers are enclosed in a cone. Sometimes the seed remains in the cone for years waiting for a trigger event to liberate it. Fire stimulates release and germination of seeds of the jack pine, and also enriches the forest floor with wood ash and removes competing vegetation.
  7. The process in trees which uses carbon dioxide and makes oxygen is called photosynthesis.
    In photosynthesis, trees use light energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugar (glucose) and oxygen.

Trees dig down deep to establish a firm root system for support and nourishment.

Trees reach for the sky seeking light in order to grow strong, green, and healthy.

Trees grow in spurts resting in between.  The growth spurts are directly related to optimum conditions.

Trees need a constant water source to stay alive.

Tree seeds can remain dormant for years waiting for a specific event to trigger life.  FIRE is one way some tree seeds are prepared for action.

Trees take what is bad and use light to produce something good.


So, if a man who closely follows the council of the Lord is like a tree –

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.

This man is becoming rooted and grounded in the Word of the Lord by building a close, personal relationship with God.  He is drinking from the flow of Living Waters and there is obviously a constant supply since his leaves will never wither.  He is reaching upward towards the Light.  He is using his knowledge of the light to trade imperfect situations for God ordained direction in his life.  He is patient as he waits with expectation for the Lord to work.  He knows that sometimes fire is part of the equation.  He believes that there is always a season of fruit and prosperity awaiting him.

The Psalms are like that.  Simple verses containing huge lessons and great blessings.  The Psalms are filled with wisdom and hope.  You can always turn to the Psalms to help your tree establish a deep root system drinking in living water as you reach upward for God’s divine light.

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