God wants us to find verses to delight and meditate on, pertaining to growing in spiritual health and sowing seed.
WE are a tree that was once a seed: sending down our roots, “I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily, he will send down his roots like a cedar of Lebanon.” Hosea 14:5
We are planted by streams of Living Water. The idea of a “Tree planted” by streams of water speaks of a mighty tree with large branches and deep roots that go far, down into the soil. Scientists tell us that when you see a large tree that has been growing for many years, you can be certain that it has a vast unseen root system. The root system will equal or exceed the part of the tree above ground. This is how the mighty sequoias last for centuries. Their unseen root system gives them stability against the changing forces of nature. In times of winter storms, summer drought, or heavy winds the tree stands, just as we who are rooted in the fertile soil of God’s word.
How does it continue to stand and grow? God tells us to meditate on His Word day and night. Translated, the word “meditate” has the idea of digesting something thoroughly. It means to ruminate on a truth, to “chew the cud” by considering a verse or a passage or truth from God’s Word at various angles, and delight in His Word: To delight is to be so excited about something that you just can’t wait. Your delight will increase with study.
Isaiah 40:8, Matthew 24:35,
The production of “fruit in its season” means that the tree produces fruit that expresses its true inner character. How do you know an orange tree? By the oranges it produces. And how do you know an apple tree? Look for the apples. What’s on the inside will eventually be seen on the outside. Applied to spiritual life, this means that when our roots are deep in the Word, we will be given whatever we need, whenever we need it. If we need love, from the Word of God, so will the strength to produce the fruit of love. If we need a forgiving spirit, from God’s word will come the strength to forgive. This all comes to us over time, just as it takes time for the Fruit to develop on our tree.