I Want to be a Tree
In this sermon on Harvest day, we are encouraged to choose to be people who give life to others by producing godly fruit in our lives.
Beautiful, healthy trees
As we celebrate Harvest Sunday and thank God for all he gives us, much of our focus is on the natural world. For some people, one of the best things about the natural world is trees.
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither –
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Which tree are you?
The psalmist challenges us that we can either put down our roots into the soil of the landfill of sin and wickedness, or into the cool refreshing stream of the law of the Lord.
What choice do you make today?
An Either/Or Choice
Psalm 1:3–4 ESV
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.
We can either follow God’s teaching and prosper or we can follow the ways of the wicked and be driven away like chaff in the wind.
It’s Not as Simple as That
We don’t live in an either/or world! Sometimes, the wicked win! And sometimes, the righteous lose. And none of us are perfect. Are we?
A Psalm of Instruction, Not Ideology
So what is Psalm 1 trying to teach us?
The purpose of this psalm is to encourage and challenge us to meditate on the teaching of God throughout our lives, so he can give us guidance about how to live.
Give the fruit of goodness
We can choose to focus on the goodness of God and being a child of that goodness.
Like the two trees in my story earlier, a tree is most known by it’s fruit.
The godly man or woman produces thanksgiving in seasons of plenty, faith in seasons of doubt, patience in suffering, peace in turmoil, mercy when wronged, gentleness when falsely accused, strength in temptation, humility in leadership, and prayer in all seasons. (James Johnston, pastor).
As we live consciously connected to God, consciously rooted by the streams of his life-giving water, we can dedicate each thing that we do each day to God and to give life to others.
Let’s use this harvest celebration to commit to being fruitful by allowing the life of God to flow in and through us.
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