“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prosper”. Psalm 1:1-3 NIV
Don’t you just love the beauty we seen in nature at this time of year? I know I do! We see new growth bursting forth everywhere. Trees that looked “dead” suddenly explode into new life, as leaves, flowers, and fruit makes an appearance. The Psalmist in the passage above, uses the imagery of a tree planted by streams of water to describe the person who “delights in the Law of the Lord”, someone committed to growing their relationship with God.
It doesn’t matter what our age, or how long we have known God, we need to continue to grow in our relationship to Jesus Christ and to have lives deeply rooted in Him. As the streams of water give life to the tree in this Psalm, Jesus promises to give us Living Water by His Spirit who dwells in us. The Holy Spirit will refresh and transform us, changing us to be more like Jesus. And this consistent walk with Jesus Christ does not stop during the summer season; we need the refreshment and nourishment of the Spirit and the Word that we find through our times of worship together, all year long!
What is the result of a life deeply rooted in Jesus and His Word, and flowing with the life-giving Holy Spirit? Stability! Fruitfulness! Prosperity! The Psalmist tells us we will be like a tree firmly planted. In other words, when things get tough (and they will), when the winds of life blow and storms assail, we will continue to stand firm. But that is not all…we can expect more.
For a life grounded in Jesus Christ and His Word will produce fruit. What kind of fruit? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…the very characteristics that describe Jesus Himself! Do those characteristics describe you and me? There is also the fruit of doing good deeds and sharing with others, the fruit of lips that praise God and confess His name, and the fruit of introducing someone else to Jesus.
I hope this summer we will not only take time to relax and enjoy the new life we see in God’s creation and the new growth that comes from digging in our gardens…I hope we will all spend time with Jesus this summer, digging into His Word, listening to His Spirit, and allowing Jesus to produce His fruit in our lives. Keep Growing
Grace and Peace,