Why The Tree
People sometimes ask us, when they look at our logo, “Why the tree?” It comes from the first Psalm. There we are told that the person who follows God is like a tree planted by a river. From an unseen source it receives an unending supply of sustenance. Roots go deep, branches go up and out, and fruit is abundant. Because of God’s gracious care the person who follows him flourishes spiritually.
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Sometimes people look at our LifeResource Ministries stationery or the Home Page on our Website and they ask us, “Why the Tree?” Well, this tree that is on our Website and our stationery is not just any ordinary tree, let me tell you. It’s a very special tree. In fact, it’s a famous tree. It is a tree that has been studied for thousands of years and yet noone has completely understood all about this tree. In this tree there is a lesson for all of humanity – for all the people that have ever lived, for all the people that are living now, and for all the people that are going to live after us – and still no one has understood it. But more to the point, this tree reminds Elaine and me of what we have to do to be successful in our effort to cause change in the church for the church’s children.
Anybody want to take a guess as to which tree it is? It can be found in Psalms 1. It is the introduction to the book of Psalms – the book in the Bible that is about our relationship with God. So the first thing the book of Psalms talks about it is this tree. Let’s read it.
Psa. 1:1 – Blessed is the man – or the woman – who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers, but his delight is in the law of God, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields it fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Not so for the wicked. They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.