A Tree Planted by Streams of Water

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers..” Psalm 1:3

The verse we are meditating upon for this month talks about  three aspects namely, Planting, Producing and Prospering. As we read let us unveil to who that “someone” cited above refers to:

  1. Planted: The first step is similar to the one received by my coconut sapling – being planted in the best possible place where all the resources are abundant. Such a place can be obtained only if the plant becomes special. As a little child, I remember we were planting ten coconut saplings in our house garden and my mother gave me one coconut sapling among those to water and nourish. With a lot of excitement, I ran to my garden to find the best suitable place where it can get proper sunlight, watering, and a little shade. I reserved this best place for my sapling as planting it in a place of safety and resources required for its good growth was a priority since it was mine.
  2. Produce: The second step is produce. The Bible says in Luke 6:43, “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit”. We read in the Book of Genesis that God planted trees and also humans to bear fruits during the Creation. In the New testament, we read that the fruit we humans are to bear does not confine to the physical realm but to the spiritual realm also. In Galatians 5:22,23 we read: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law”. The blessing in this verse for “that person” is yielding fruits in season with no withering of leaves.
  3. Prosper: The third step in the process is the blessing for each of us by prospering in all the efforts we undertake. However, unless the seed falls on the good ground it cannot persistently prosper. All of us know that there is an equal probability of success and failure despite the efforts we take in most of the cases. But here comes a promise that whatever that person does prosper meaning irrespective of the success and failures we see in the materialistic sense, there lies a Spiritual prosperity kept in store for him by God Himself. 

Now, who is that special “someone”? A closer look at the previous verse in this chapter demonstrates the prerequisite for each of us to become that “someone”. Anyone who delights in the law of the Lord and meditates upon it day and night becomes that special someone. Jesus endorses the Psalmist’s statements through the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-23, that unless the seed falls on the good ground, rooted in God’s words, it will not stand and prosper and gain the promise mentioned in the verse we are meditating upon. My dear friends in Christ, as we begin yet another new month, shall we diligently seek the Lord and meditate upon His word day and night to prosper in whatever we do?

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