December 12, 2011

Like a tree- Psalm 1

Psalm 1

 1Blessed 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.
 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
 3And 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.
 4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
 5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
 6For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Now Read it again- slower this time.

One is blessed because he delights in God's words and his thoughts are always on the Word of the Lord day and night.

When we are blessed of the Lord, then we are like a tree. No just any tree, but one planted by the rivers of water. 

Trees go through seasons. Fruit trees, which we are likened unto, bear fruit when the time is right. Then once the fruit is born, it must ripen. When it is ripe it is ready for the sharing. If the fruit is pulled too soon, it is bitter. If the tree does not give up its fruit in time, it begins to spoil. Its flavor is tainted.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, faith,goodness, self-control. Each of us has seasons where each fruit is flowering, ripening, or being "eaten" by others. There are also seasons of a tree, winters, where it is in rest. Where work is being done at the roots.

Thats why we must be planted at the rivers of water-the Holy Spirit- and feed on his Word day and night. This is what spiritually grounds us. The Word and prayer are our roots. When the root system is in order, the trunk is sound, and the leaves and its fruit, flourishes.

When you are like a tree, rooted in prayer and the Word, watered by the Holy Ghost- you will not be moved- no matter the season.

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