"He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers."
When rain falls in the southwest desert, washes cut across arid lands carrying much-needed moisture to plants and animals. Desert willow trees often grow along these washes because the nourishment and water they need are there. A desert willow actually blooms during the hottest point in the summer and in turn provides food and shade for meandering wildlife that happens along.
The psalmist’s tree imagery resonates with all of us, whether it is desert willows we know or thick forests of oaks. We all understand that a tree growing with no good water source dries out, loses its leaves, and dies. We know in our hearts that each one of us might survive for short periods apart from our source of nourishment, the Bible. But to stand against the winds of adversity and provide shelter for others, we need the constant sustenance provided by a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the source of our strength. We can stand firm and grow strong along the waterway of God’s Word. And in due season, He will produce fruit in us.
PLANTED IN GOD'S WORD, WE FIND MUCH-NEEDED NOURISHMENT. JESUS FAITHFULLY INCREASES OUR STRENGTH TO SHELTER OTHERS.