Thursday, June 03, 2010

The Prosperous Tree - Psalm 1:3

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:3)
The blessed man is compared to a tree. Trees are of the strongest and mightiest objects which dwell on planet earth. When fully grown, a tree towers over most of the earthly creation. Good trees possess great sturdiness, they are unmovable, and hard to uproot; they are a creative beauty — a testimony to God's great handiwork at creation.

The blessed man who both despises the counsel of the wicked and continually meditates in the law of the LORD is said to be like a tree planted by streams of water. This is no ordinary tree — it is nourished with a constant supply of water; it bears fruit at the appropriate time and its leaf does not wither.

Whatever the blessed man does, he prospers. This does not refer merely to temporal earthly wealth; rather, it refers to eternal prosperity. Such a man stands in stark contradiction to the cursed man — who is like a tree that feeds upon poison — a poison which at first seems to be beneficial, but has an end result of eternal death.

Related Posts:
Traverse Not With Wickedness - Psalm 1:1
Delight In The Lord's Instruction - Psalm 1:2
The Blowing Chaff - Psalm 1:4
Temporal Foundations - Psalm 1:5
Flawless Discernment - Psalm 1:6

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