Psalm 1:1, 3 - Blessed is the person…who meditates… that person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither – whatever they do prospers.
We’ve all seen the scrawny trees. Looking around at the rocky, sometimes hilly and sometimes flat country side these twigs of trees crop up. They don't get very tall. They never get very full. They just seem to survive. Some of this has to do with the kind of trees that they are. Much of it, however, has to do with the conditions in which they are planted and grow. They often grow in places where there often isn’t much water. They often grow in places where the sun beats down on them.
What trees need is water and nutrients so that they can grow tall, full and fruitful. God often compares his people to trees and Psalm 1 is no different. What God’s people need then is water and nutrients so that they can grow tall, full, and fruitful. Because when there is water and nutrients for the tree, then fruit comes. Its what trees do. But when there is no water and nutrients for the tree, there can be and will be no fruit.
So, eat up! Drink up! The fruits will come. It’s what God promised. The fruits of the Spirit like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control that God promised in Galatians 5:22-23 will come. The fruits of repentance that John the Baptist preached about will come. The fruits will come when we sink our roots down deep into the Words of God’s living and nourishing Word.
Lord God, I want to be fruit-filled for you. I want to be a rooted tree, planted in you, bearing fruit for your glory. Fill me with your Word. Give me your Spirit. And send out the roots of my faith into your Word so that I will bear much fruit. Apart from you I can do nothing. Rooted in you there is nothing you can’t use me for. Amen.
POINTS TO PONDER:
1) What kind of fruit do the righteous bear? Look up Luke 3:8-14; Galatians 5:13-26.
2) We want to be fruity. Where does a Spirit-filled and Spirit-gifted fruity life come from? Where’s the power to sink down roots into the water and bear fruit? Brug’s commentary page 122 – “Trees can produce fruit only if they are well watered. Christians can produce good works only if their faith is “watered” by God’s Word (Isa 55:1; John 4:10-14; John 7:38-39; Psalm 46:4; Revelation 22:1). What do we need to fill our lives with then?
3) Did you know: It takes bamboo about three years to get established. Once established the new shoots that emerge in the spring will continue to get bigger and more numerous from year to year. After that, certain types of bamboo can grow up to 3 feet per day. What can we learn from the bamboo plant about our own spiritual growth? If it takes the three years to set down roots and then it explodes in growth, what expectations for fruit in our lives can we have?