A fruitful tree by the water

tree , Word, river 2About those who delight in the Word of God, Psalm 1:3 says that “And he shall be like a tree plantedby the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

What a beautiful illustration of the perpetual verdure and fruitfulness! When a man feeds on God’s Word, he receives nurture and vitality from the ever fresh wisdom and truth of God. He is then sustained and refreshed by the wonderful words of life, like the tree whose roots are refreshed by never-failing streams of living water. This nourishment invigorates the whole tree – its roots, trunk, larger branches to the tiniest twig, leaves and fruits. What wholesome piety would pervade the life of a man who delights himself in the Word of God! Because his source of strength can never fail, his life will exude with vigour, verdure, and fruitfulness. Like the tree “planted” by the rivers of water, are we “planted” by the living water of the Word?

If your life does not bear “fruit in his season,” it is obvious that you have not been planted by the living water. Every person who is nurtured by the Word of God will produce the appropriate spirit fruit in his season. Childhood has its fruits; youth has its fruit; and old age has its fruits too. The Lord expects you to bear fruit in your peculiar season that He has appointed to you. Just stay by the living water of His Word.

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