As A Tree Planted
A Sermon on Psalms 1:3-4
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away. (ESV)
Once we see the emptiness of the ungodly life, we ask: So how CAN one become godly, blessed, and happy? How CAN one truly live the "more abundant life" Christ came to give us? Many think they are Christians, but in this inspiring discourse from Psalm 1, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones distinguishes the man who is unquestionably "in Christ" from him who merely deceives himself. No man is born a Christian. No man can make himself a Christian. A Christian is the work of God through the work of the Holy Spirit in conviction, revelation, repentance, and conversion. It’s God’s doing. One can only experience the new birth into a new life as the result of the operation of the Spirit. Only then will one experience the happiness God intended for us to know in Him. The true Christian has no need to fear whatever comes in life. The true Christian is like a tree. God is the “Planter” of the tree. He selects the location of the tree so that the tree will bear good fruit -- in its season -- without withering.