by Tammy Phillips
June 2, 2021
(Repeat and gently tweaked from October 6, 2020)
That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3 NKJV)
Looking into the depths of Psalm 1:1-3, Jeremiah 17:7-8, and Ezekiel 47:12, this is what it means to me, when God calls us “trees of righteousness:”
Blessed (happy, and fortunate)
is the man who trusts (confident, secure, careless, fearless, runs for refuge)
in the LORD.
Blessed (right, upright, to be straight, level, to be successful, prosper)
is the man whose hope (confidence, security, refuge)
is the LORD.
Blessed is the man who walks not in
the counsel (advice, or plans and purposes)
of the ungodly (wicked, having an unrighteous cause, to be or do wrong, disturb, make trouble, make noise, tumultuous, cause terror, who depart from God)
nor stands (endures, continues, abides)
in the path (way, road or direction)
of sinners (wander, miss, go the wrong way, miss the goal, miss the mark
nor sits in the seat of the scornful (mouths out, mock by imitating, acts a fool)
We should not be walking in the same direction!
But his delight (and pleasure) is in the law (instruction, direction, teaching) of the LORD
And in His law he meditates (roars, moans, growls, utters, mutters, speaks)
day and night. Gods words are life to us. We should be roaring them day and night. His words and His Word, Jesus, are what keep us upright and walking in the right direction.
He shall be like a tree, (apple, almond, cedars of Lebanon, sweetgum, black mulberry, date palm, palm, sycamore fig, olive, Holly oak, Shittah or acacia, poplar…It takes all kinds of trees! It takes all kinds of trees to meet all kinds of needs.)
planted (God plants us, roots us in Love exactly where He needs us.)
along the bank of the river, on this side and that, by the rivers of water,
(God is living water. He is the fountain of living watering a constant life-source. “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb”. -Revelation 22:1 NKJV)
which spreads out its roots by the river. (Firmly fixed, our roots grow, deeper, wider, and longer, in love, in God and in His word, creating a strong, immovable tree. “The root of the righteous shall not be moved.” Proverbs 12:3)
And he will not see (look at, pay attention nor fear)
when heat comes (Heat will come. Things that cause us to boil…temptation, hurt and offense… will come.)
BUT his leaf will be green (As trees of righteousness, we flourish in Him. We are rooted into the all sufficient river of living water from the word of God. The water keeps our leaves green, alive, and thriving. This is why we have to stay planted in the word.)
His leaf shall not wither. (fade, wilt, fall away, drop down, fail, faint, lose one’s strength, be foolish, disgrace)
The tree will not cease from yielding fruit. Its fruit will not fail and will bring forth its fruit in its season. (“The root of the righteous shall yield fruit.”- Proverbs 12: 12. The roots are plugged into nutrient rich, life giving, fruit yielding water source. At the right time, God’s time, we will bear fruit.)
The leaf will be for medicine. (Our leaves, our experiences, our successes, and failures, shared can bring healing through Christ and bring wholeness to the broken.)
The tree will not be anxious (fear, take care, thought, be concerned nor sorrowful)
in the year of drought (when the rain is scarce and supply has been clipped off or withheld)
And whatever he does shall prosper. (to go over, go through, push forward, break out, break through, advance, succeed, to flow, be poured out, to finish well)
I enCOURAGE you to trust in the Lord always. Believe His word. Believe what He says about you. Meditate on His word day and night, so that You know what He says. Walk in righteousness. Walk in Him. When He says that you are a “tree of righteousness,” believe Him and you will finish well!
Revelation for the day:
“One tree in the garden delivered death and sin. One tree in the garden delivered life and righteousness. Which one do you choose?” -Tammy Phillips