Filled with a certain greatness, Psalm 1 calls us upward to live in such a way that we will be like a solid tree, drawing sustenance from the stream — and succeeding in all we do. But often drawn away by surrounding distractions or pressures of daily obligations, we forget to stay planted by the stream. And like the apostle Paul, we end up neglecting the things we should do, while doing the very things we try not to do.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away, Psalm 1:3-4.
But the blessed man of this Psalm is wise enough to stay near the stream of living-giving water, drinking from its depths, the source of his strength.
Perhaps he’s a farmer and he’s noticed that the trees nearest the stream are the most luxuriant. They bear the best fruit, and more of it. So he takes extra water to those furthest away, knowing they’ll need it to get them through times of drought.
And he’s also learned that arid times come to all living things, so he drinks long and often from the stream of living water, preparing for the moments when his parched soul can’t take in water. And, through a strong faith that doesn’t wither or fade, he bears fruit.
But this blessed man doesn’t go about preaching at others, or spouting his knowledge.
Just as no tree stands in the orchard shouting, “Look at my fruit!” He knows fruit speaks for itself, and that the hungry come to it of their own accord. And others, seeing his peace and joy, even in the hard and arid times of life, seek him out to learn the source of his strength.
We, likewise, need to stay planted near the stream. No, we can’t keep our nose in the Bible all the time. But we can meditate on Scripture all through the day, learning to apply it to daily happenings, and to life’s problems and worries. And thus grow a faith that never fades or withers, but bears fruit, even during times of drought and trial. And in this way, succeed in all that God wants us to do.
Is your fruit so obvious that others seek you out to discover the source of your peace and joy?