The last two weeks at Fuse, NewSpring Church’s Student Ministry, we have been diving into Psalm 1. Our Student Director, Brad Cooper, has been talking about what the Psalmist says the righteous look like and the wicked look like. This is what the Psalmist writes:
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:3 ESV)
The writer refers to the righteous as being a tree firmly planted by a stream of water. What kind of tree is the writer of Psalm 1 referring to? Well I love what Perry Noble says “The best commentary on the Bible is the Bible.” With that in mind, later on in the book of Psalm, the Psalmist writes:
“The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” (Psalm 92:12 ESV)
So the Psalmist compares the righteous to that of a palm tree. The interesting thing about a palm tree is that, if you have ever scene video footage of a tropical storm in Hawaii or a hurricane in Florida; you will see houses, cars, dogs, cats, buildings, and even other trees breaking, falling apart, collapsing, being blown away; but the palm tree remains standing, it may bend but it never breaks.
From these two verses in Psalm, we can gather two things you must do in order to not break in the midst of the storms of life.
1) Rooted in Jesus
In order for you to not break and be blown away during the storms and trials of life, you must be firmly planted and rooted in Jesus. Notice how the Psalmist points out in Psalm 1:3 that the righteous is like a tree planted by streams of water. If you have ever seen a tree that is planted close by a stream, you will notice that it’s roots have grown down through the ground and have busted forth into the stream. Thus the roots of the tree are pulling it’s nutrients and source of life in order to grow from the stream of water. In John 4, Jesus says that He is the living water:
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10 ESV)
So Jesus is the stream of water that the righteous are firmly planted by and whose roots are emersed in. If you are rooted in the solid foundation of Jesus, I don’t care what life throws at you; you might bend but you won’t break.
2) Praise Through The Storm
If you notice the posture of the palm tree in the midst of the storm is one of bowing. Which is to signified that if you can praise God while you are in the storm He will hold you up through it all. Paul and Silas praised God at midnight while in jail and God shook the foundations and set them free. The children of Israel lifted up a shout of triumph and the walls of Jericho fell down. So if you can praise God in the middle of life’s storm, you might bend but you won’t break.
Get yourself rooted in Jesus, lift up your head, and raise up a shout of praise and you will find yourself still standing through it all.