The man that the psalmist describes as being planted by the river and bringing for fruit is the righteous man that does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the paths of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful (vs1). Instead, this person’s delight is found in knowing and doing the will the God and obeying His commands. He is the man that meditates on God’s Word day and night. (vs2). The psalmist says there are four results of this type of person.
Result 1: This person is like a tree planted by a river of water. When a tree is planted near water, its roots go deep into the ground providing nutrients and water to make a healthy tree. Jesus said in John 4:14, “Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again – ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” In Revelation 22:1, John wrote, “Then the angel showed me the river of water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” As Christians, we drink from the river of life every time we study God’s Word and apply it to our lives so that our roots become firmly planted in the truths of God’s Word.
Result 2: This righteous person brings for fruit. There are two kinds of fruit that the Christian should be producing. The first is the fruit that Holy Spirit produces within the believer. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We should be cultivating and growing these fruits as we grow in our relationship with God and He works in our lives to transform us into His image.
The second kind of fruit a Christian should be producing is making disciples. Jesus commanded us to go into all the world and make disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20) The lost people in the world who are dying without Jesus are waiting for someone to tell them about Jesus. If that someone is you and you choose not to tell them, they could spend eternity in hell. Who can you tell about Jesus today?
Result 3: This righteous person’s leaf does not whither. Our leaves of faith can be whithered in two ways. First, when difficult times come in life and we begin to question our faith or God and we fail to trust Him. Second, our leaves of faith become whithered when we lose our zeal for God and our eagerness to serve Him. But if we are firmly planted by the river of life, the leaves of our faith will not whither because we are deeply rooted into Jesus. In John 15:5, Jesus says that He is the vine and we (Christians) are the branches. The vine is what delivers life-giving nutrients and water to the branches. If we remove ourselves from the vine, then we will whither away. But if we remain in Him, we will produce much fruit.
Jesus said He is the vine and we are the branches. The vine is what delivers life-given nutrients and water to the branches. If we remove ourselves from the vine, we will whither away. But if we remain in Him, we will produce much fruit. — click to tweet
Result 4: This righteous person will prosper in whatever He does. This does not mean that we will be rich, wealthy, or famous. It means that if we are well grafted to the vine and being fed and nurtured by the vine, then we will know what His will is and as we are obedient to God and allow Him to do His work in His time, we can’t help but be prosperous in God’s intended will for us. In Isaiah 46:10 God says, “My plan will take place, and I will do all My will.”
When we are well grafted to the vine and being fed and nurtured by the vine, we will know His will. When we are obedient to His will, we can’t help but be prosperous in God’s plan for us because His plan will take place and He will do His will (Is 46:10). — click to tweet
In order to be the righteous person that the psalmist described, we must be drinking from the living water of Christ, producing fruit, grafted into the vine so we do not whither, and then we will prosper as we live obediently to God’s Word and God’s plan for our lives. We do this as we meditate day and night on God’s Word and spend time praying. We do this through worshiping with a community of believers in our local church and being actively involved in a small group Bible study. This is how our spiritual roots grow deep and how we grow spiritually.
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.