"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water" (Psalms 1:3).
Who shall be like a tree? The good man, anyone who loves God, and loves his Bible and loves to do right.
The trees can teach us many lessons:
Grow straight and beautiful. Live a life so you will have a good reputation; do not let any sin make you grow crooked and full of knots and gnarls.
Be sound of heart. Some beautiful trees are rotten-hearted, hollow-hearted. They are dying trees, they are hypocrites, the lumber man cuts one down and it cannot be used. Be honest, be true, be sincere, be what you want people to think you are.
Be strong. Do not let any little wind of temptation blow you over. Overcome evil with good. Sometimes the winds topple even live trees in the forest, but God is better to His children than trees. "Ye shall not be tempted above that ye are able."
Keep growing. Last winter was cold, last summer was hot, but every live tree grew a little; it added one more ring to the trunk, a few more twigs to the branches. Do not let trouble keep you from growing in faith; do not let hard work keep you from growing in love; keep growing every year.
Give help to others. All live trees are of some use-shade, timber, nuts or fruits. Every Christian can be of some use in the world. Find your work and do it well.
God cares for all. For every tree there is a place to grow, plenty of air, light and rain. There is also for you all that you need. God cares for all His children. He never has forgotten one; He will never fail you nor forsake you.
Be contented. No tree ever worries, fusses, or grumbles. Does it grow in a wilderness? It may yet be a part of a city palace. Is your life lonely or sad? Some day death will transplant you into the great city of heaven.
The trees look in at your window, they smile down upon you along the streets. Learn the lessons that they teach, and you may be like a tree planted by the river of water.