What is having good roots? Is it being well grounded? Is it to have a firm foundation? Is it how they were raised as children? Some people talk about having good roots but their actions counter to what they say.
God does not pass judgment on individuals based on race, sex, or national origin. His judgment of them is based on their trust in Him, their obedience, and their reaction to His will. The individuals who tenaciously work or attempt to comply with God’s will resemble vigorous, fruit bearing trees with solid roots (Jeremiah 17:5-8). God vows to look out for these individuals, and His wisdom controls their lives. The individuals who do not comply with God have futile lives that are like dust in the wind. Whichever path we choose determines our destiny.
In verses 1-3:
Get SEPARATED – walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly:
The psalmist started his hymn praising the delights of being a faithful individual - one who obeys God and will not tune in to the individuals who dishonor or disparage Him. Our companions, friends, and family can impact us. If we demand fellowships with the individuals who laugh at what God considers significant, we sin by becoming unresponsive to God's will. Do your companions help develop your trust in God or do they tear it down? The impact of genuine companions should attract you closer to God.
The psalmist says we ought to maintain a strategic distance from the association of mocking sinners if we want to obtain God’s joy. We ought to likewise look for a comprehension of God through His Word. The impact of scoffers separates us from the brilliance of God's joyful company, as a foreboding cloud separates us from the joy of viewing the morning sun.
There are two ways of life before us - God's method for dutifulness, or the method for resistance and death. Are we in the world but not in the world? Do non-Christian friends/family influence us more? If the world influences us, we become separated from God; it robs us of the peace and fellowship with God. Do we prefer dark clouds or SON-shine?
Get SATURATED – and in his law doth he meditate day and night:
We can figure out how to follow God by meditating on His Word. Meditating implies investing energy perusing and contemplating what we read. It implies asking ourselves how we should change so we live as God wants. Knowing and contemplating God's Word are the initial moves toward applying it to our daily lives. If we want to follow God even more intently, we should recognize what He says.
This “law of the Lord” incorporates all Scripture: the initial five books of Moses, the prophets, and the other compositions. The more we are aware of the entire extent of God’s Word, the more assets we will have for our day-by-day choices. The more we permit dark impacts of the individuals who mock God to eclipse us, the more we separate ourselves from our wellspring of sustenance, God the Father.
We should remember that dry ground soaks in water and spiritual nourishment/water comes from God’s Word.
Get SITUATED – and he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water:
We should have contact with unbelievers if we are to witness to them, yet we should not be affected to join or emulate their conduct. If we want to despair, invest our time with sneering unbelievers; yet if we want joy, warm up to the individuals who love God and His Word. When we get planted in God’s Word, the deeper roots we will have, and we will become a stronger tree. The more we stay in God's Word, the more fruitful we will become.
Look at the last part of verse three, whatsoever he doeth shall prosper:
That does not mean that we will never face defeat or have adversity. It is not a guarantee that we will always have good health, riches, or contentment. To have prosperity, we must apply God’s wisdom to ourselves and in turn, we will be fruitful and meet God’s approval. This does not mean that what we do in our own power is prosperous, but that God's Word will prosper. The result of the action taken will prosper but it may not happen immediately.
As a tree absorbs water and bears good fruit, we are additionally to absorb God's Word, which produces activities and perspectives that respect God. To accomplish anything beneficial we should have God's Word in our souls. We are the instrument of the Lord, to do His bidding.
In verses 4-6:
Chaff is the external shell (or husk) that must be evacuated to get at the significant bits of grain inside. Chaff was evacuated by a procedure called threshing (sifting) and winnowing (to blow a current of air). After the plants were cut, they were squashed, and afterward the pieces were tossed into the air. Chaff is light and is diverted by the smallest breeze, while the good grain falls back to the earth. Chaff is an image of an unfaithful life that floats along without heading, without direction, aimless. Good grain is an image of a dedicated life that can be utilized by God. In contrast to grain, we can pick the course we take.
Although worldly individuals may get or seem to get the higher ground on occasion (everything seems to go their way), God’s Word guarantees us that a day is coming when their transgressions and sins will be punished.
In the meantime, God looks out for the plans and motivations behind the faithful.
Final thought: We are to Separate ourselves from the world. We are to Saturate ourselves in the Word. We are to Situate ourselves in God's ways.
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