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Psalms 1:3

The Planted Tree

3 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."

Our prayers are usually a good indication of the kind of blessings we expect from God. Each of us has his/her laundry list of prayer requests, and God is always faithful to honor those requests. However, our thoughts are not His thoughts, and our requests fall far short of what He wants to give us.

We want physical blessings like money, homes, cars, health, friends and loved ones. Of course God wants us to have those things, but they are insignificant when compared to the blessings that He showers on the godly person__ on the one who meditates day and night on His word.

Therefore, when the psalmist tells us about the blessings of the godly person, he does not speak of the things that he/she will receive. Instead, he focuses on what that person will become, and that presents a problem for many people. They do not want to become anything other than what they are. They do not want to change; they do not see any need to change; and most of them will never change. But these are not the ones who are regularly nourished by scripture.

Meditating day and night on God's word changes a person in ways that are blessings beyond his imagination. God's word has the power to change you without any effort from you. Look at what the constant feeding on the strong meat of God's word will do for you, the repentant sinner.

You shall be like a tree. A tree is strong and deeply rooted, and so shall you be strong and deeply rooted in your faith in Jesus Christ. The constant feeding from the word of God gives you strength and enables you to grow very tall. You will stand up and stand out for your Lord Jesus Christ. The winds of social, political, and philosophical change will not move you.

"Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up." (Matthew 15:13) But you will not be an ordinary tree growing up as an accident of nature. You will be a tree that has been planted, a tree that was placed in its soil for a purpose by the Almighty God. Your branches will spread out, providing shade and comfort to the less fortunate and bearing fruit for the kingdom. You will be God's instrument for kingdom growth, a leader in your community and church
Rivers of waters will supply your roots. The living waters of the Holy Spirit will keep your leaves green and keep you full of life. Those leaves will not wither, because you have been granted the gift of eternity. You have submitted your life to the living Word of God, and He has granted you the authority to become a child of God.

You will be a productive person, and God will provide you with an increase. Everything that you do in His name will be abundantly profitable. Your life will be filled with the joy of seeing God work through you, with the excitement of leading others to Jesus Christ, and with the satisfaction of knowing that your work has eternal consequences.

These are the blessings we should desire. They are the products of the kingdom of God and His righteousness. When we are blessed with them, all the other physical needs that we have prayed for shall also be generously given to us.

Before The Throne:

Pray for the spiritual blessings that God wants to give to you. Ask Him to change you, to make you tall and strong in your faith. Pray that the Holy Spirit would flow from you like living waters, influencing others, and making you a fruitful person. Ask Him to keep you focused on His word so that your life might be guided only by His wonderful counsel.

For Further Study:

** tree. Job 14:9; Isa 44:4; Jer 17:8; Eze 17:8; 19:10; 47:12; Rev 22:2| ** bringeth. Psa 92:14; Mt 21:34,41; ** shall not. Isa 27:11; Mt 13:6; 21:19; John 15:6; Jude 1:12; ** whatsoever. Psa 128:2; 129:8; Gen 39:3,23; Josh 1:7,8; 1Chron 22:11; 2Chron 31:21; 32:23; Isa 3:10;


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