He is like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither… (Psalm 1:3)
How can I be like this tree? The rest of the Psalm helps me to understand.
I must not base my life decisions on the counsel of wicked people. Worldly counsel is everywhere I turn. I must turn to the One who is the source of true Godly wisdom.
I must follow the path of obedience. I have no business standing rank and file with those who love sin.
I must not find my fellowship with people who scoff at the things of God. There is no wisdom in that.
But rather, my delight is in God’s law. My thoughts consistently and constantly turning to the Holy Scriptures. What a Grace is God’s Word! That he would lovingly preserve and present His very thoughts to us! That He would use the propositional, subjective truth of His Word to point out the way of salvation! Oh, that a love of the Bible would characterize who I am! Without God’s Word, I am lost.
When the truth of the Gospel is central in my heart and mind, then my desire is to walk in obedience to God’s law. Only then am I the “Blessed…one” referred to by the Psalmist. When Jesus is first in my heart, sin loses its attractiveness. It is then that I have no desire to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the path of sinners, and sit in the seat of the scornful. But rather, because of the Gospel, I want to love God and love people because God has loved me. I want to show mercy to others because God, through His Son, has showered His mercy on me. I want to forgive others because God has forgiven me.
A tree firmly planted must have a substantial root system. It requires water to grow and flourish. It produces fruit in its season and does not wither and die.
The Gospel is my only hope if I am to be like that tree. Roots deeply grounded in the truths of Scripture, drawing sustenance from the well of Living Water which is Jesus Christ, producing fruit in every season of life and all to the Glory of God, forever!
Lord, may I be like a tree firmly planted.
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel