February 5, 2023
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Psalm 1:4 – By Rivers of Water

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This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series The Coming Season

What does it mean to be planted by rivers of water, and for what season will the righteous bring forth fruit? And why does the scripture speak of the life of the righteous in such a positive way? Coming to verse three of Psalm one, we read a verse describing the righteous being like a tree planted by rivers of water. And reading this verse, we get the idea the righteous will bear fruit in its season because he keeps the law of God. 

However, let us not forget the scripture is not speaking concerning the law of Moses when it addresses the law in Psalm one. Because that is all most of us will understand or take away from this verse because we often digest the scripture in its general and simple form.

But when we put it into perspective with what we have so far shared with you, we will come to this understanding the verse is dealing with the righteous obeying God’s instructions which are pointing to the things he have need to do in order to escape the coming judgment. 

The book of Revelation speaks of Christ’s return to make war, and reading Psalm one and verse three; could it be that the righteous have been made aware of this prophecy and truth and are making the decision to repent of his sins and turn to Christ obeying the instruction of God on how he is to be preparing for the coming of the Lord who will destroy the ungodly in battle which is the judgment of God?

John wrote in Revelation 19:11 “I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, he doth judge and make war.”

The three points of the scripture

When we read verse three of Psalm one, this is what we come across. We come across three points, one dealing with the preparedness of the righteous. The second deals with the season for which the righteous are preparing. And thirdly, the judgment against which we are to prepare. 

Speaking in favor of the righteous Psalm 1:3 reads as follows,And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”  

Firstly, “What does it mean to be planted like a tree by rivers of water? Secondly, “What is the season in which the righteous is said to bring forth fruit?” And thirdly, “Why will the leaf of the righteous not wither? And if I may add a fourth question to be answered, “Why will the righteous prosper in whatsoever he does?”  Discover the mystery – Read more…

Answering the three points and questions

The answer to the first question “What does it mean to be planted like a tree by rivers of water?” This has to do with preparing for the return of Jesus Christ and his kingdom to come. And if we can remember, the righteous are said to be blessed for avoiding the counsel of the ungodly we say is a counsel to rebel against God. And because he has refused to obey the counsel of the ungodly, we can then understand because he had prepared himself, he was able to come into the blessing promised to those standing with Christ. 

We know the righteous have received word from God there is a coming judgment, and because of this coming judgment, and how much he valued his life. The righteous are taking a different position from that of the ungodly. Because being made aware God has made Jesus king over all the nations and will in the season of judgment pour out his wrath upon the kingdoms of this world, and that of the ungodly.

The man of righteousness is taking delight in the law and instruction of God that was given to save his life should he prepare according to the instruction of the law. This then leads us to our second question, “What is the season in which the righteous is said to bring forth fruit like a tree?”

According to what we know about the law, the counsel of the ungodly, the way of sinners, and the seat of the scornful. This season in which the righteous will bring forth fruit is dealing with the season of God’s wrath and the return of Jesus Christ. Because as part of his revelation and instruction to the righteous, God has revealed the season in which he will pour out his wrath.

The coming reality and judgment

Revelation 1:1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servant’s things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and all things that he saw.”

The use of these parables and sayings points to a reality to come, and if we are willing to accept to be planted like a tree by rivers of water to mean being prepared or nourished for a coming season in which a tree should bear fruit. We know unless we prepare ourselves for this coming season of God’s outpouring wrath against the kingdoms of this world. We could suffer loss, and as a result, fall in the overthrow of the kingdoms that are in rebellion. 

Escaping the wrath of judgment

Let us now answer our third question, “Why will the leaf of the righteous not wither?” The leaf of the righteous will not wither because he has made preparation for the coming season, which is a compliment to the question “Why will he bring forth fruit like a tree planted by rivers of water?” 

Firstly, by receiving the law, the righteous prepared himself for the coming season. Therefore, he is like a tree planted by rivers of water; and secondly, he brings forth fruit during the season against which he prepared.

Because he had diligently followed the instructions laid out in the law, this righteous man had everything needed to survive or endure the season to come. Therefore, his leaf shall not wither because he had prepared himself to be presented like a tree planted by rivers of water…

Enduring to the end and being saved

Matthew 24:12-13 Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. “Why will the righteous prosper in whatsoever he does?”  

The righteous will prosper in whatever he does because he had prepared for the coming season beforehand. And so, when we come to verse four of Psalm one, we can see the contrast between the righteous and the ungodly, and why the Psalm is reporting the ungodly will be like chaff in the wind. It is because the righteous will avoid the counsel of iniquity or lawlessness against the saints and kingdom of God and the ungodly did not.

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