Planting Your Own Tree

“According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” 2 Peter 1:3

Bible Reading: Psalms 1-12

Weekly Memory Verse: Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Hymn of the Week: Where Joy and Sorrow Meet – Zoe Group

LISTEN HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufzOyWku_W8

I remember growing up we would occasionally plant trees. We would have to clear the ground of any rocks to make sure the tree had nutrients supplied to it and placed the young thing in the ground. After covering the roots with dirt, our hands would be dirty but the ending product was always smiled on. A tiny little plant in the ground that held so much potential and in time would grow into a masterpiece of art. Now we understand trees take time to grow, but in relation to scripture, how can this concept apply to us?

In the first chapter of the book of Psalms we have this same image of planting a tree related to us. If you see verse 3 it reads:

‘”And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Breaking Down the Text

Now this verse by itself tells us very little about who the ‘he’ is, but it does state that whoever ‘he’ is, he will bring prosperous things in his life. He will be productive and continue to increase in blessings as time passes on. Look at verses 1-2 and we will define who the ‘he’ is.

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

We see a process here beginning to form of the ‘he’ in verse 3. Look at the progression of events from walking to standing to sitting. We see a man who has no problems at all in avoiding sin, in fact…he walks right past the temptation! Over the process of time however, we see this same man who doesn’t stop for the temptations either nor takes part in the sin (sitting down)! There is a reason this man reacts the way he does. He delights in God’s law! Psalms 119:11 would read, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” God’s Word has the instructions and the tools to keep anyone from falling victim to sin and the pressures that life may throw his way! This same man doesn’t look at the word one to three times a week (depending on if you attend services yourself), but rather he MEDITATES in God’s word daily! This is the background to verse 3 and now we can discuss further the original verse discussed.

Personal Application

If I am one who keeps my mind meditating on God’s word and day and night keep my focus on it, the I am like that tree planted! The tender care taken in making a foundation for the tree to grow. The dirt so carefully placed over my roots to make sure I receive the best nutrients possible. I’m placed RIGHT NEXT to the purest form of strength I can receive and for a tree, and water is essential! You hold within yourself such potential and power to grow fruit over time! Fruits you can share with others and help those in need that are lacking in certain areas. I am not talking about benevolence alone, but rather giving my time to others and encouraging their day to let my light shine to glorify God! The talents and abilities you practice hard to develop in your life have meaning and purpose! Your abilities can be very profitable in your life! You have to find ways of sharing that blessing you have with others. However, if I decide that God does not need to be a part of my life. Then I need to think about the opposite of these verses.

I want to challenge your mind to think the opposite of what the first two verses are saying. What about the man who does walk in the counsel of the ungodly, and the one who stands in the way of sinners, and the one who sits in the seat of the scornful. His delight is not in the law of the Lord, and in His law he doesn’t meditate day or night. What a sad image! The ending result would be a tree planted without water or not even planted near water! What do you think happens to such a tree? There are no nutrients, no substances of providing strength to this tree! This tree will quickly wither and die! Do I consider myself to be such a tree or are my roots planted beside the still waters (Ps. 23:2)?

Where ever you have your tree planted, I want you today to think about the condition of your tree. Does it have adequate water? Are my fruits growing to ripen soon or withering and dying to the bitter frost? Consider these things as you ponder under this old oak. God be with you always in your life and development in your daily Christian walk.