“He (who’s delight is in the Lord) is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields it’s fruit in season, and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers” (Psalm 1:3)
I love the trees in Cambridge at this time of year; there’s a tree on my walk into town that is so full of blossom that it’s practically bursting off of it. Unlike trees in the winter, which are bare and dark, these trees are green and fresh, with life coming off of them. The picture here is of a tree planted by the side of a river, with so much life going in to it through the roots, that it is coming out of it in abundance – it grows fruit in the season, the leaves don’t wither but stay green and fresh.
We have a choice about where we put our roots down in life. The green leaves and life comes from having roots planted in these streams of water – a symbol for a relationship with God, which brings everlasting joy and peace and hope. With this going in to us, these are the things that flow out of us: love, joy, peace, life in abundance – and there is a promise that whatever we do will prosper.
There’s a similar promise to at the beginning of the book of Joshua, who was a great leader, appointed by God. God said to him: “do not let the Book of Law (the Bible) depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night… then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.” – Joshua 1:8-9
This promise of prospering and success – not necessarily only in material things, but in life in abundance and in the things that we truly need – comes from an intimate relationship with God. And when we have this, we can be strong and courageous, because we have our roots planted in a place that gives us strength.
There is a promise – that with our roots in this stream of water, we will produce fruit – good things will come from our lives, and this fruit will be good and appealing to others; and, everything we do when we are rooted in Him will prosper, because it is not us doing it, but Him doing it through us.