How blessed is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers!
Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction and he meditates on it day and night.
He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
The wicked are not like this; instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Therefore, the wicked will not survive the judgment, and sinners will not be in the community of the righteous.
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.
recently i was asked to think about a tree, a favorite tree. i had a number of trees come to mind from many memories of the past. but the tree that stood out most was one that i had the opportunity to sit under recently. i sat under it and poured my heart out to The Creator . . .
i want to be that tree that stands strong, rooted in God’s Word, flourishing. i want to be that tree that is fresh, my leaves reaching out in thanksgiving and joy – even when my mind may not be thankful or joyful. i want to be that tree that is fruitful in season. i want to be fruitful in all seasons – seasons of patience during suffering, faith during times of trial, joy even when i don’t understand.
i want to be that tree planted by the streams of Forgiveness and Grace and Mercy and Thanksgiving and Hope and Promise.
delighting in the promise of my future – the blessed way of God’s righteousness, not the ruined way of the world.
i am that tree.