Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 3rd, 2016
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.
Psalm 1:3 (NKJV)
Like A Tree
What a wonderful advantage we have as the people of the Lord. As we are planted in the Word of the Lord we can be continuously “watered” by the living waters of the Word. We will be like a tree whose leaf doesn’t wither from lack of water. We can access wisdom from the Lord. The Lord is our source. We will be fruitful in every way.
Canada is a nation of trees. Being the second largest nation in the world, the variety of trees is staggering. One of the hardiest is the tamarack. Ranging across much of Canada except the West Coast, the Tamarack is the territorial tree of the Northwest Territories. The word Tamarack means “used for snowshoes” in Algonquian. Able to survive in temperatures as low as -65C, the Tamarack has the distinction of being the tree that surrounds Hudson’s Bay. The Tamarack produces small flowers, which can be seen in the summer months. At the other extreme is the Southern Magnolia, which grows in Canada in a small region of southwestern Ontario where the weather is moderate. In the spring its attractive, creamy white, lemon scented blooms are pleasing to sight and smell making it a focal point.
Most of us know the first couple of lines of Joyce Kilmer’s poem Trees. The poem that begins “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree” ends with the words “Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.” It isn’t surprising that Bible often refers to trees and usually does so positively. The book of Psalms begins by comparing a tree to the person who turns his back on sinners and scoffers. Psalm 1:3 says “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.” There is nothing more lovely than a fully leafed tree beside a river on a hot summer day. It offers shade and rest and in this particular case, fruit that provides sustenance and enjoyment. It gains its life and health from the rich and moisture-filled soil beside the river. What a wonderful picture of the follower of Christ, who gains his or her life from the Lord Jesus. As we read the Word and pray, as we trust Christ and experience His provision and filling, our roots deepen in Him and we draw life and strength from Him. The result is spiritual fruit that is a blessing to our own lives and to many others around us. Have you turned your back on sin and planted your spiritual roots deep in Christ? What fruit are you bearing?
These have been words from the heart.