I look forward to listening to my pastor every Sunday. He just gets so excited about helping us learn about God and truth and how to respond to that. One of his favorite phrases is “responding to who God is.” He always seems to bring it back to the fact that no truth amounts to anything, and no relationship is healthy, if we don’t respond to it appropriately.
But I don’t want to talk about any of his sermons. Instead, I want to talk about something that a guest speaker talked about a few months ago that hasn’t left my mind. Along the journey of discovering truth, you will have to discover the truth of who you are in Christ.
This guest speaker put it in a way I have never heard it before. *Hint hint* If I had any artistic ability, I would jump on this example. It’s centered around Psalm 1.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stands in the way that winner take or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season and who leaf does not wither –
whatever they do prospers.
I never really sat and thought about this verse before. Plant metaphors are common in Psalms, but the tree that is being described in this passage doesn’t exist in nature. It is unique in nature, as we are unique among God’s creatures. Because what the psalmist is describing – as that guest speaker so beautifully explained – is a fruit-bearing ever green tree. It yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither.
Cue the tree pictures!
This is the truth of who we are. We are new creatures in Christ, a creation not seen outside of Him. God created us to be unique and wonderful and prosperous – bearing fruit and never failing. And the truth about who He is as the Creator is also wonderfully portrayed in this Psalm.
Now, as my pastor would say, how are we going to respond to that truth?