The Grace of God

That Brings Salvation Has Appeared to All Men (Titus 2:11)

He Shall Be Like a Tree

Posted by israeliteindeed on June 14, 2010

Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 18:3)

Jesus, Paul, and John called their friends, “Little children.”  (John 13:33, Gal. 4:19, I John 2:1)

In that same spirit, I write to you, little children.

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so,
are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Here are contrasted 2 kinds of people, those who delight in God’s law (do what is right) and those who are “ungodly,” “sinners,” and “scornful” of God’s law.

Every person is one or the other.

You will be blessed if you don’t

1) walk in the counsel of the world  (We must walk in God’s counsel; He is our Teacher and Shepherd.)
2) stand in the path of sinners (The road that sinners take leads to death; never loiter on that way but get off it ASAP.)
3) sit in the seat of mockers ( have fellowship with those who mock at what is right and choose their own way. The friend of the world makes himself the enemy of God. James 4:4)

If you are a person who delights in the law of God (you purposely side with God’s mind on what is right and wrong) you will be like a tree that is always watered and brings forth good fruit. A tree that brings forth good fruit gives a steady source of life to the world.  Jesus used a similar analogy here, where he called us branches that must stay attached to Him (the Vine) to bring forth good fruit:

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. John 15:4-6

Jesus is the Word of God. To abide in Him means to continue to walk in God’s counsel or teaching, as opposed to the world’s or our own opinions (which can be shaped by many influences, including our own desires.)

Psalm 1 begins with blessing for those who choose not to “walk,” “stand,” or “sit” with those who refuse God’s counsel; but instead love God’s law. And it ends with warning for those who remain ungodly. One sure way to remain ungodly is to continue in the company of those who are (I Cor. 15:33).

The ungodly are not like well-watered trees that bring forth good fruit. They are like chaff–that is the useless part of wheat that is blown away by a fan after the grain is harvested.  Chaff gives no life to the world, so it is discarded because it has no value.

Be well-watered trees that drink up the living water (Jesus.) Produce fruit that matches and proves your repentance (Matt. 3:8).  Jesus said a tree is known by its fruit, by whether the fruit is good or bad.

And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Matthew 3:10

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
And whose hope is the LORD.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Jer. 17:7-8


One Response to “He Shall Be Like a Tree”

  1. smilesback said

    Good point from John 15:4-6: To abide in Jesus means to walk in God’s counsel, because Jesus is truly called “The Word of God” –as in John 1:1,14 and Rev. 19:13. And His Word, counsel, and teaching is certainly very different from the world’s. Usually, the exact opposite, in fact.

    Excellent exhortation to us. Thank you.

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