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].
Heavy heavy scripture right there!
Or at least I think it is.
We often hold on to the latter verse – verse 3. Its a wonderful verse for confessions and affirmations:
I am a tree planted by the rivers of water.
I will bring forth fruit.
I will not wither.
All I do will prosper.
And its great! Amazing even. But my question is this – how often do we take note of and apply the preceding verses?
I really like how the Amplified Version breaks it down so we’ll work with that. I also find the King James Version to be quite powerful too.
A few days before I read this as part of The Lookout Bible Reading Plan which I’m currently using, I read Ms Genesis’ post on MY ISSUE WITH PSALM 1. I like her blog – beyond the aesthetic value, I like her writing and since I discovered her, I’ve enjoyed reading her insights and found some truths, similar conclusions and understanding as well as some timely articulate messages.
She mentioned some real thoughts I believe a lot of us have during our “seasons of unfruitfulness” – the confusion, the frustration, feeling like God has failed you or things don’t quite add up. Yes, I think we all have seasons and I think she put it really well when she said “If you know anything about trees, then you’d know they don’t yield fruits every day. They yield fruits in seasons. And if you’re like a tree… that means there’s the period for planting, watering and then waiting… and waiting for harvest. Amen?”
So, yes, maybe it’s not time for you to begin yielding visible fruits, maybe you’re still being nurtured, fed, fertilised. But maybe you should have passed these phases and there’s still no fruit. I’m not trying to apply any pressure here. Again, from Ms Genesis 🙈 “God is not a liar. Stop comparing yourself with your friends. You might be age mates, classmates, but are you season mates? .”
Nevertheless, you’d want to know if you’re missing something, right? So let’s get to it!
In both the King James and Amplified Versions, verse 3 begins with AND – the conjunction! That alone says that it does not come in isolation. Instead, it is connected to something – the two verses before it.
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].
- He shall not walk or live in the counsel of the ungodly, following their advice, their plans and purposes
- He shall not stand – submissive and inactive – in the path where sinners walk or walk this path with them
- He shall not sit where the scornful, the wicked and the mockers gather
- His delight and desire are in the law of the Lord
- On His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God), he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.
I believe these are a part of your watering and nurturing phases. You can’t be feeding on the wrong things pre-season and expect the right kind of fruit, still. Nah man, you’ll find some kwashiorkor kind of fruit if any fruit shows up.
Errr no, I’m not leaving out Jeremiah 17:7 and 8.
[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.
In Jeremiah, it says of you, the tree that
You shall not see and fear when heat comes
Your leaf shall be green
You shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought
You shall not cease yielding fruit
But what activates this?
- Believing, trusting and relying on the Lord
- The Lord is your hope and confidence
The person these Bible passages speak of does not just sit down planted, waiting, doing nothing. He trusts and believes in God, he stays away from sin, he meditates on the Word of God because he knows that God’s wisdom is profitable to direct. He understands that all scripture is given by God’s inspiration which makes it profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action) to make such a person complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped.
He does these things so he can be led down the right path; so when the season comes, he won’t miss it.
He won’t miss the hints and opportunities leading up to such a time.
He wouldn’t have fallen by the way or already withered.
I agree with you today,
We are like trees firmly planted and tended by the streams of water,
We will bring forth fruit in our season;
We will not cease yielding fruit;
We will not fear when heat comes
We will not fade or wither;
We will not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought;
Everything we do will prosper and come to maturity.
For this reason, we will study and meditate on the Word of God, careful of the counsel we keep knowing that bad company corrupts good character.
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