My wife and I are reading through the Psalms in our evening reading and occasionally a nugget of the Psalms jumps out of the page. Don’t you love it when, after years of reading the “Old Book” passages become alive, reinforcing old teachings or simply warming your heart.
This is the book of Psalms, and it is rich.
I pray I can communicate a portion of the blessing we receive from this wonderful book.
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.
Often in our Christian lives, we stumble through life with little fruit. At least in the day to day fruit bearing of patience, faithfulness and love, the base level of the Christian life is exercised. It is the “normal” Christian life.
Yet this passage speaks of the believers life as having seasons of fruit bearing. The leaf never withers, but the fruit comes in it’s season.
The Psalm speaks of the leaf/life as always vibrant, not withering. The joy peace and self control are evidence of life, and yet the tree yields it’s fruit in its season.
This is encouraging, very encouraging in that our day to day fellowship with Him will be punctuated with seasons of fruit bearing.
The opposite is true though, and we need to continue to be near the streams of living water when the fruit isn’t in it’s season. Sometimes, as the dust that we are, this can be discouraging.
Are you in a “dry” spell with the Lord? Is there a quietness from Him, or maybe you are not experiencing a fruitfulness that you long for?
Get back to the water, the living water and be patient. Let Him who controls the seasons, produce the fruit and the timing of the fruit.
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