“He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.” — Psalm 1:3
Many a choice vineyard or orchard bearing crisp, juicy and sweat fruit, are planted in dry, hot lands where existence is intolerable for many inhabitants. These trees stand firm against the onslaught of the midday heat, and endure against the constant barrage from the elements around that would have them falter and wither under the searing heat. However, these vineyards and groves not only stand firm, but grow and produce a fruitful harvest. Their one main need in order to cope is the nearby and continuous source and supply of their water. All the while their roots can tap an abundant supply of sustenance, they can withstand the searing heat. When the heat climbs, causing the fruit trees to thirst more, it is of no concern to them, for they have access to the source of their precious lifeline, and can freely drink as they need. Rather than succumb to the dry heat and discomfort that to many be considered unacceptable and undesirable, it is used for the development of their choice fruit. The stream brings them continuous, ever fresh life. It is new every morning and replenishing every evening. Never stagnant and never stale, its ingredient constant. All the while the roots of the totally dependent trees can tap it, they can stand. Christian, you need not wither, for God has provided such a sustaining source, His Word. Saint, you need not wilt, for God has told us that if we delight in His Word and meditate on it day and night, we will be like such trees, bearing fruit in season.
“From the mountain spring its waters tread, the streams that passeth thee by.
Thy spirit refreshed, renewed with life, straight from the Lord Most High.
Ever abundant and ever clear, these streams can never wane.
Wilteth not thy leaf, nor harvest fail, for it is the Lord who doth thee sustain.”