The Fruitfulness of the Righteous
A man reaps what he sows, and in this case, the fruit of consistent delight in, and meditation on, the Word of God gives blessing.
Published April 27th, 2016
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Main point summary
The blessed man is a fruitful tree that weathers hard seasons.
He is like i a tree
planted by j streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its k leaf does not wither.
l In all that he does,
The wicked are not so,
but are like m chaff that the wind drives away.
The 'he' referenced here, 3e, and 3f, are all a direct reference to the blessed man of verses 1 through 2.
The progression here mirrors the concept of a deepening roots of the tree—access to life giving water, yielding fruit, and resilience through hard seasons, are progressively pictured as ongoing blessings.
Contrasted with the fruitful tree which does not wither, the wicked is pictured not only as a dead plant, but the waste that is so easily blown away by the wind.
This picture of a tree is in itself a fruit of delighting in the law of the LORD. The tree does not have to become anything, it simply exists because as the blessing, or result of, the consistent meditation on God's Word.