Mankind as a Tree

PSALM 1:3 says”And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Here in this verse we see see a simile between man (the blessed man according to the context see vs 1 & 2) and a tree planted by rivers of water. A simile is a comparison between two subjects. And I want to look at those similarities.

Let us first look at the tree. According to our verse it is planted by rivers of water, it brings forth fruit, it’s leaf does not whither, and it prospers. Why is this so? What about a tree planted by water makes it stronger, and how does this apply to a believer of Christ?

There are two very important things we learn from this. First, it is planted, meaning it’s root system is strong. Second, it is planted by water,so that is has continual life source.

Even a very large old tree that has been standing for hundreds of years is only as good as it’s root system. If the main root system a strong wind (Eph. 4:14) will surely blow it over regardless of how strong it looked on the outside. We see according to the scripture that we are the be “Rooted and built up in him,”.

Colossians 2:6-9-As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

So we see according to this passage that we are rooted in Christ Jesus the Lord upon receiving him and our root system becomes grounded or “built up”, and we become “stablished in our faith” by walking in him by receiving the things that we have been taught. The rooting comes automatically when we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.

Are roots the only thing that a tree need to flourish. The answer is obviously, “NO!”. We all know that a tree takes much care and tending too. If it could survive on one thing and one thing only, however, it is water. Without water the root system would dry up and die and the tree would produce no fruit, if we bear no fruit the Father removes us from the vine (John 15:2), and our influence is removed. Whereas, we are rooted in Christ Jesus at salvation, we need to find out about a never ending water source with which to feed by.

This never-ending source of water comes from the word of God. We see in Ephesians 5:26 that the church is sanctified by the washing of the word. We is John 1 that the person of Jesus Christ is the Word. When Jesus left this earth He left us with the written Word of God (our BIble) which God himself has placed above even his name.

Psalms 138-2. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

If God Himself said His word is above His name then as believers we need to search the scriptures and live daily in it’s words. If we truly want to prosper and to produce fruit for our Father then Psalm 1:2 should sum up our lives.

Psalms 1:2-But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.