Psalm 1 3 Meaning: Well, we’ve seen the activities engaged in by the blessed man and the one who is opposed to God. We’re now going to get a look at the life of these two representative individuals. And we’re given imagery from the domain of agriculture. Psalm 1:3. What’s the life of a blessed man to be compared to?
Psalm 1 3 Meaning: Tree
The blessed man’s life is like a tree. Picture a tree. A firm, unmovable tree. A tree planted right next to a stream. Somebody planted it there. That tree’s getting nourishment both from the soil and from the water. It’s constantly growing – though you wouldn’t be able to tell if you were standing there and watching the tree. The growth is slow, but it is steady – and it’s a healthy growth.
Psalm 1 3 Meaning: Fruit
It’s a fruit tree, furthermore, and so it puts out its fruit at the appropriate times. Fruit trees don’t have fruit all the time. But the fruit comes out at the proper times. And it happens regularly – every year for most trees.
Psalm 1 3 Meaning: Leaves
And what’s more: even the tree’s leaves don’t wilt or droop or wither. This is a healthy tree.
Now, transfer this all over to the blessed man. He’s steadily growing spiritually and in every way. The growth he experiences might not even be evident to him day by day. But he and others can look back over his life and see progress, see growth.
Part of the growth in a blessed person’s life is the fruit that he bears. Good things, godly things, are happening in his life, in his family, in his own soul. He’s productive. He’s not fruitless or barren when it comes especially to spiritual realities.
Psalm 1 3 Meaning: Prosperity
And then leaving the simile about the tree, the last statement of Psalm 1:3 is that whatever the blessed man does he causes to prosper.
Now, this is no promise that the blessed man won’t ever fail. Failure is often part of the growth we’ve just been talking about. So, I think this is hyperbole. Based on the fact that the blessed man is like a growing healthy tree – things are good in his life: fruit’s being produced, growth is occurring – boy, it seems like everything he does he causes to prosper!
So, what a wonderful picture we get of the blessed man. His spiritual life and even other aspects of his life are healthy and growing. This is a bright picture.
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