“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law he meditates day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither and whatsoever he does shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out her roots by the river and shall not see when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be anxious in the year of drought neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
Like a tree…
Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 17:7-8 both compare a man or woman who trusts in God and meditates on the law of God (Scriptures) to a tree that is planted near the waters. The Most High, The Holy Spirit, The Commandments of God, Salvation and The Word (Scriptures) are often compared to water and life.
Without water there is no life. All living things depend on water. Both the world and the universe are primarily made up of water. “God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so” Genesis 1:7. About 70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water. The average adult human body contains 60-70% water. Therefore, water is important and is a necessity for life.
Beginning with Psalm 1, meditating daily on the commandments of God and Scriptures remind us daily of the power of God and the promises of God. When we are reminded of these things we are more likely to place our trust in God. Knowing that God will fulfill what was promised.
“So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19
Why is meditation important (“and in His law he meditates day and night”)? Meditating on the scriptures can draw us closer to God and birth in us a desire to serve and honor God by keeping His commandments. Keeping God’s commandments comes with benefits and rewards.
“If you walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.” Leviticus 26:3-4
“Beloved, if our hears do not condemn us, we have confidence before God, and we will receive from Him whatever we ask, because we keep His commandments and do what is pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:21-22
When we are planted and rooted in The Most High, our Source and Provider we will never lack. “I have never seen the righteous forsaken or His children begging for bread” Psalm 37:25. Our leaves will never wither but will be ever green. We have nothing to fear when we trust God. We do not have to be “anxious of drought” (Jeremiah 17:8) nor afraid when tough times arise, for God has promised that our leaves will be ever green and we shall continuously prosper because our hope is in our Creator and our Provider not in man or this world, Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 17:7-8 assures this.
Just as the tree needs the water to thrive we need Our Creator. Yahushua (Jesus) said, I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” John 15:5
Trusting in God and the promises of God causes us to “bring forth fruit” and to “never cease from yielding fruit” Keeping the commands of the Most High gives us life and protection from “drought”. We must trust in the Source, the Creator. Knowing that from our Creator flows abundant life and all our needs. We can not place our trust in man, because man can fail us, but God will never fail those who trust in Him.
“Indeed, none who wait and trust in you will ever be put to shame.” Psalm 25:3