Standing Like a Tree

42-16472391On the way to school the other day, we were observing all the trees standing by rivers of water (well, they were more like streams, but the picture still works.).  There are plenty of trees around for the object lesson, and yes, there has been plenty of water around lately, too.  The Author of the “tree” object lesson is God, and it is found in Psalm 1.  How can we make this important lesson a part of our lives and especially a part of our childrens’ lives?

As Christian parents, are we not concerned with the paths of our children?  Who, or what, is influencing them and shaping their worldview?  We long for them to be like the tree planted by rivers of water, and not the chaff that the wind blows away.   I submit that one way to teach the principles of Psalm 1 is by singing Psalm 1. After all, it was written to be sung.

Any study of music in church history will show the emphasis that was given to Psalm singing. It was valued by the church because it was believed to be Biblical.  Paul had taught the local congregations of the New Testament to teach and admonish one another in “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” (Eph. 5:18-19, Col. 3:16).  What better place to start with than the songs that God authored?

So, let’s sing Psalm 1 together as families.  Don’t just sing this once.  Sing it often with your family.  Sing it in faith, as a divinely instituted means for teaching ourselves and our children.  You will be blessed to hear little mouths singing the Word of God.  They may not understand every word, but they will in time.  In the mean time, we will be placing the seed of God’s Word in their impressionable minds.  Allow its truth to protect you and your children from being like chaff that is driven away by the wind (we couldn’t find any chaff on the way to school).

This Psalm works well to the tune of  “Am I a Soldier of the Cross”.

1. O greatly bless-ed is the man
Who walketh not astray
In counsel of ungodly men,
Nor stands in sinners way.
2. Nor sitteth in the scorner’s chair.
But placeth his delight
Upon God’s law, and meditates
On His law day and night.
3. He shall be like a tree that grows
Set by the water side,
Which in its season yields its fruits,
And green its leaves abide;
And all he does shall prosper well,
4. The wicked are not so,
But are like chaff which by the wind
Is driven to and fro.
5. In judgment therefore shall not stand
Such as ungodly are,
Nor in th’assembly of the just
shall wicked men appear.
6. Because the way of godly men
Is to Jehovah known,
Whereas the way of wicked men
Shall quite be overthrown.

From Trinity Psalter (1994 Crown and Covenant Publications)

One Response

  1. Thank you for this challenge.

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