Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 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.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away. (Psalm 1:1-4)
The Purpose of Fruit-Bearing
A tree bears fruit, not for itself but for others. When the faithful prospers, it is not for herself, nor is it necessarily material, but she succeeds in bringing benefit to others. (Chaff, on the other hand, brings no benefit to anyone. It is useless.)
Am I benefiting others?
As a mother, my children rely on me for everything from physical nourishment to mere entertainment. Some of this stuff just happens naturally as a result of me being their mom. But am I bearing fruit? In the way I respond to them, discipline them, love them, care for them… is it a benefit to them?
As a wife, am I benefiting my husband? Am I a blessing to him, or a burden? Am I bearing fruit that truly helps him and adds beauty and sweetness to his life?
As an employee, am I benefiting my coworkers and my employers? Am I benefiting my friends? Am I blessing our childrens’ teachers and kids’ ministry leaders? Am I benefiting our neighbors?
Sometimes we get tired wearing so many hats. We are needed in so many areas. It feels like our branches are reaching from one end of the world to the other! How in the world are we supposed to be fruitful when we’re stretched so thin? This sounds tiring… exhausting… impossible!
The answer is found in Psalm 1: Delighting in the Lord and in His Word!
What does a tree do? Does it actively do anything? It just stays there, firmly planted, and drinking in the nourishment from the soil. The Psalm 1 tree is planted by streams of water. Jesus said that He is the Living Water (John 4:7-15). Are we drinking of that Living Water? Are we keeping ourselves firmly planted in the rich soil of His Word?
Be intentional about where you are planting yourself. Get into God’s Word. Soak in it. Meditate on it. And just stand there. Rest in it. Delight in it and watch Him do a work in and through you.