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As A Tree Planted

Old Testament

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)

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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. 

Additional Scripture Translations

Psalms 1:3-4, New American Standard Bible

3He will be like a tree planted by streams of water,

Which yields its fruit in its season,

And its leaf does not wither;

And in whatever he does, he prospers.

4The wicked are not so,

But they are like chaff which the wind blows away.

Psalms 1:3-4, King James Version

3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.