Today I started reading Psalms again. It go back and forth throughout the year between Psalms and Isaiah as I read through other books in the bible but these two are my staples. While I do prayer journals I wanted to make this time reading through Psalms (and as I work backwards in the Gospels. I’m starting Hebrews today, just finished James) a little different. May goal is to post something about my reading on my blog everyday. Whether it be straight from my journal, just the verse, a picture, song lyrics that help me meditate on His Word…whatever, but the goal in this is to be more rooted in Him.
Psalm 1 talks about that:
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. (Psalm 1:3-4)
Which one are we? Are we a tree or a chaff? Even a tree in dry climate, when planted by a river produces fruit. BUT a tree doesn’t bear fruit to honor itself or FOR itself (I’ve personally never seen at tree be protective of it’s own fruit….except for that tree in that one movie…what was is? Oh! The Wizard of Oz), it’s because of another it bears fruit and it’s FOR others that it bears fruit. Fruit isn’t even a necessary thing for the tree to do to live, but it’s to bring benefit to others. The question always returns: Are we bearing fruit? Are we benefiting others? Are we even trees?
According to His Word, if we’re not trees, there’s only one other thing we can be; a chaff. A chaff is the part of the wheat that is removed in the threshing process. It’s the thing we have no use for and that the wind picks up, tumbles about and drives away. Those who aren’t in the Word daily, who don’t live for God, who put down no roots… they are of no use.
These two verses caused me to pause and take stock of my life. God makes a contrast in people that last forever. Be rooted