Over the past few weeks we have been looking at the scripture found in Psalms 1:3. God tells us in this scripture we would be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. We have looked at three trees God doesn’t want us to be like: the Dogwood, the Pine tree, and the Bradford Pear. We found that there are some good characteristics about three of these trees that is very appealing, but what we have discovered are these trees come up short when it comes to strength and longevity . So this brings us to the question: What kind of tree does God want us to be like? In the scriptures I have found two.
Psalm 92:12-14, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.” The first one is the palm tree. Look at the characteristics about the palm tree. Palm trees will break bands that are placed on them. Other trees will grow around the bands. The bands become part of the tree, but not the palm tree, it will break loose from the bands. As Christians we can break loose from the bands the enemy places on us.
Next, the palm tree flourishes in the desert. Its roots run deep to find moisture underneath the burning sands. As Christians we can thrive in the desert places too, but we must be rooted deep in Christ. A group of palm trees will form an oasis. You will often find other fruit trees growing in the shade found underneath the palms. Just think what Christians can do for others if we will stand together.
The final characteristic about the palm is it will not burn effectively. People don’t use it for firewood because it refuses to burn as other wood does. If we are saved, we don’t have to worry about the fire because we will never burn. Isaiah 43:2, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
The second tree God wants us to be like is the cedar of Lebanon. The cedars grow in the most unlikely and unfavorable of conditions. Coming from the mountains of Lebanon they had to bear the most extreme weather conditions. From the Mediterranean Sea’s summer humidity and intense storms to the harsh winters that dumped heavy snow onto its branches.
With God on our side, we can grow and flourish in some of the most trying times and conditions. David went from a shepherd boy to a king. Joseph went from favored son to a slave, from a slave to a prisoner, and from a prisoner to the palace. Yet here is the great thing about Joseph, everywhere he found himself, he had the favor of God.
One last thing about the cedars, Solomon built the temple of God using the cedars for the structure and support. God inhabited the house that was built from the cedars. Today will we be like the palm and the cedar? Will we be the house that God inhabits? Until next week, be blessed and be a blessing.
By Pastor Dustin Wilds