1. Venting.I have read of a waterfall in a nobleman's garden, beautiful in its construction, but the water was never turned on unless his lordship was there. In fact, the selection from the psalm ends … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32" Not only does he do good to others, but he gets good to himself. Religion affords to good men peculiar security in the enjoyment of their prosperity. By worldly assistance it is vain to think of providing any effectual defence, seeing the world's mutability is the very cause of our terror.3. No one comes to the Father but through Me.”. Sermons EACH IS MYSTERIOUS. Precisely this sweet secret it is that finds expression in the 1st Psalm, "He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water." Browse Sermons on Psalm 18. This is beautiful, and always so. Hidden supplies of God's grace, like the water at the roots of the tree. THERE IS FRUIT APPROPRIATE TO EACH SEASON. Men find these channels in the most unlikely places, in the most unpromising parts of God's garden. The years of drought are the years of little growth. For example, I have read. We all know the effects which any indisposition of the body, even though slight, produces on external prosperity. So we saw that The Righteous Are Separated from the World. Seasons of sorrow, of joy, and of temptation, these all have their appropriate fruit.II. Macmillan, D. D.)A tree by the riverSarah Smiley.It is deeply interesting, in counting the circles of a section of some old tree, to note the variations, some circles being almost imperceptible for narrowness, and some so broad that you fear almost to have counted two as one. Palmer. A mighty oak is perfect, because it has been tried. The corrupted temper and the guilty passions of the bad frustrate the effect of every advantage which the world confers on them. Mockery is found even in the academic community. Principles — what are they? They who live near the Lord, who delight themselves in His law and meditate on it day and night, are ever growing and fruitful. 1. Some trees have perfect proportions. Thus it tells of the stability of the righteous.2. The question as to when this should be done, and when that, is the perplexing point. In nature it is only through the fading of the leaf that the fruit ripens. Let me offer to you just one point of application. Seeing the difference between right and wrong; recognising the eternal law of justice and righteousness, these are natural principles. Everybody wishes to succeed. It has fallen from the higher powers of the organic world and it comes under the power of the inorganic. St. John speaks of "little children, young men, fathers." It wants the hydrogen and oxygen which the water can furnish, and it will have them if it can possibly get them. First, I want you to to notice that verse 1 starts with the words: "How blessed!". 2. This man loves to think of what he loves. The live you live now, in this world, you live by faith in Christ who gave Himself up for you. Palmer. Our service must not be kept for mere effect and display.(R. It imparts living greenness and fadeless vigour.II. Just think of all the things we get from them, and from other plants! Then it is wonderful to see a tree exerting its mighty strength. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! There is, moreover, this distinction, for the most part, between the first group and the second - the first group reflects the passing moods of man; the second reflects the revealed character and ways of God. To the present we must always join some agreeable anticipations of futurity in order to complete our pleasure. So kind is God in making all things work together for good unto us whom He so dearly loves.2. The life of the soul should be based upon principles. We all know the effects which any indisposition of the body, even though slight, produces on external prosperity. Since Psalm 1 (the first Psalm of the Psalter) and Psalm 119 (the longest) both exhort the reader to become a student of Scripture, this must be a matter of high priority. It imparts living greenness and fadeless vigour.II. God's tree by God's river must be a fruitful tree. "I have written to you," says the apostle. He is morally free, he is social; in these things there must be development. But live in the Word, delight in the Word, meditate on the Word, proclaim this Word. Let me provide you some application here. ... but also from the crafty snare of the fowler. If it was not for the trees and other plants breathing the air would soon become filled with poisonous gas which would make everyone sick, and soon cause us all to die. It is significant that the image which is chosen is not a tree of the forest, but a tree specifically planted by the water side. Of all these, the second psalm is, perhaps, throughout, as much as any of the psalms, clearly and distinctly applicable to the Coming One, and to him only. I. One of the most wonderful things about the trees is the way in which they breathe. And what is it to rest on if not on sound principles? It wants the hydrogen and oxygen which the water can furnish, and it will have them if it can possibly get them. Opposite to where the tree stood there was an auger hole in the log that had been filled with a plug of soft wood. There, we see a positive example from David, communicating the same idea we have in. Here is another clement of happiness. Some believe that Psalm 91 is also a Messianic Psalm, partly because satan quoted verses 11-12 to Jesus during His temptations (Luke 4:10-11). Now we have more than a dozen translations and paraphrases at our fingertips. The Christ-Spirit in us will make us happy and contented. The first of the 150-psalm collection contained in the Old Testament book of Psalms, intended to follow "Introduction to Psalms" which is a sermon separate from the various psalms examined in the series. It once performed an important part in the growth of the plant. Meditation on God's Word.3. It is reflected back upon him from everyone whom he makes happy.4. A mighty oak is perfect, because it has been tried. They who live near the Lord, who delight themselves in His law and meditate on it day and night, are ever growing and fruitful. Their fruit is important. (Frank S. They pass beyond the sphere of the grace of God into the passive realms of matter.3. What a man does and says constitutes his character. Prosperity is redoubled to a good man by his generous use of it. 4. It has its season of fruitfulness, but not of fruitlessness in any blameworthy sense. It calls those whom Yahweh has redeemed (or saved) to praise or thank (Hebrew: yadah) Yahweh, for he is good and his loving kindness endures forever. The heart is the centre of life. The statistics of wrong-doing illustrate this. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Sermon Message. All these things are prepared by the plants out of the elements which they take in from the earth and air. In our culture, we use many different labels to define us. 1. Psalm 1:3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and who prospers in all he does. But the little tree kept growing, and pretty soon began to press hard on the sides of the crevice; harder" and harder it pushed, and twisted round to get a good hold, filling up the whole space with its insinuating roots. To you there is a season.I. They are the soil of the soul. I. 1. This is a remarkable feature. How are you spending it?2. Your words truly expose the condition of your heart. There are surely seasons when one can make little increase save under exceptional circumstances, such as those of a tree by the river side, which shows little variation. For example, and I’m sure you’ve heard of these before: And what these labels do is tell a story about a person’s life. (Josiah Viney. Limitations of Temporal Protection: R. Tuck : Psalm 91:3: The Fowler's Snare: S. Conway : Psalm 91:3: The Snare of the Fowler: Charles Haddon Spurgeon : Psalm 91:3: Abiding Under God's Shadow: S. Conway : Psalm 91:1-3: A Home in Christ: J. Psalm 31:1-3). "I have written to you," says the apostle. Sentiments, opinions, and views belong to quite a different strata of mental life from the possession of principles. Childhood has its fruits. The obedience and the communion keep pace. It is in these that we get a priceless glimpse into the heartwork of Old Testament saints, and see how constant was their habit of pouring out their souls to God. Real prosperity. is sometimes used poetically to mean becoming involved with something. A tree, therefore, with its head in the torrid sunshine, and its feet laved by a perpetual stream flowing down from some far-up snowy mountain, is one of the most beautiful images of a righteous man. The statistics of wrong-doing illustrate this. At other times there are seasons of depression, almost intolerable weariness, somewhat indeed of sickness of heart, as if a great pain had fixed itself within us; at other times we know that we are not bringing forth fruit to the glory of God or for the use of man, and in such times we call ourselves cumberers of the ground, and urge our idleness against ourselves with all the force of a criminal accusation. This is how we make sure that the Scripture we hear with our ears, or read with our eyes, stays in our minds and bears fruit in our hearts. And so with the ungodly man. He will. If you restore a friendship, it is because it was once broken. The trees planted within the temple enclosures would be planted with skill and care. So the distinguishing peculiarity of the righteous is self-sacrifice. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (Click Title To View) Psalm 01-10 Psalm 11-20 Psalm 21-30 Psalm 31-40 Psalm 41-50 Psalm 51-60 Youth has its fruit. "Meditate day and night." You have to use a microscope or magnifying glass, and then you can see them. Stability. If the lesson is outside, then draw the attention of the children to a large tree that is strong and lively–better if it’s by a stream of water. They look at the places in which some of God's servants are planted, and say it is Impossible they should bear fruit there. Sooner or later a principle brings forth its fruit in due season. Browse Sermons on Psalm 1:1-3. It yields its fruit in its season. Man is not a tree, but he is like a tree. Young men and maidens, be sober minded and strong minded too. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. And yet, amid sickness, bereavement, scant opportunities, hatred, scorn, they not only live, but grow, and have something to spare for other lives; yea, minister to them most richly and effectively. There are surely seasons when one can make little increase save under exceptional circumstances, such as those of a tree by the river side, which shows little variation. As a Christian, you are in the world, but you are not of the world. To the present we must always join some agreeable anticipations of futurity in order to complete our pleasure. He came to have fellowship with us in our sufferings that we might have fellowship with him in his! Our service must not be kept for mere effect and display.(R. First, notice that this man is like a tree, This is taking a tree out of the wilderness and planting it by. A river in the East is an artery of life. They have truly learned that first lesson of the Cross of Christ. It is reflected back upon him from everyone whom he makes happy. FOR THIS SUITABLE MEANS MUST BE EMPLOYED. I will mention three.1. This is a remarkable feature. There are points of similarity between human nature and vegetable growth.I. Godliness is to a man's nature what sunlight is to a plant. The sense of being distinguished by the kindness of another gladdens the heart, warms it with reciprocal affection, and gives to any possession, which is agreeable in itself, a double relish, from its being the gift of a friend. App Store Google Play Windows Amazon. Beauty of character. Exactly to that spot the tree sent off a long stretch of roots, which forced their way through this soft wood plug, choking up the passage; "and there," says the account, "they were found drinking, like so many thirsty animals." This is an ongoing, intentional lifestyle. P. Stanley, D. D.)A believer like a treeDr. For the tree, as for our spirits, it holds true that a man can receive nothing except it be given him from heaven. Religion forms good men to the most proper ,temper for the enjoyment of prosperity. That bringeth forth his fruit in his season. Like an illuminated initial letter, it presents a graphic picture of the contrast between the blessedness of the righteous and the misery of the wicked under the emblems of a fruit tree flourishing beside a river and of a handful of chaff winnowed by the wind. Sustenance. There are men who have only attended to physical development; others only to intellectual development. The symmetrical man is one who has attended to the development of the mind, body, and spirit.6. This is the inspired, inerrant, all sufficient and authoritative Word of God. So kind is God in making all things work together for good unto us whom He so dearly loves.2. The perfect man is important to society, to home, to national life. It is a solemn season when God comes near the soul. There are men who have only attended to physical development; others only to intellectual development. It has its season of fruitfulness, but not of fruitlessness in any blameworthy sense. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit”. Hidden supplies of God's grace, like the water at the roots of the tree. All these things are prepared by the plants out of the elements which they take in from the earth and air. The captain shouted to him to bring back the colours; but the ensign replied, "Bring the men up to the colours." EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: Psalm 107 has much in common with Psalms 105 and 106. The image of the tree of nature — of the tree in its wild untended state — has been freely used by a school of thinkers as against any doctrine of human education whatever. Psalm 1:1 This has been called “The Preface Psalm” because in some respects it may be considered “the text upon which the whole of the Psalms make up a divine sermon.” It opens with a benediction, “Blessed,” as does our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount (Matt. I am not much at the best; but I am best when I am myself. Separation from the ungodly is one of them.2. The Bible: Kindling for Christian Hedonism. It is the text of which the book of Psalms is the sermon. And if it is broken by storms or felled to the ground it often reconstructs its building, and rears itself again with all its wonderful ducts, and tissues, and breathing pores, like to the pattern which it bore before. We are not to be judged by this or that one day or season, but by the whole scope and circumference of life. IV. To the present we must always join some agreeable anticipations of futurity in order to complete our pleasure. And there are fruits not only of season, but4. Therefore man must be checked, reproved, chastised. But the little tree kept growing, and pretty soon began to press hard on the sides of the crevice; harder" and harder it pushed, and twisted round to get a good hold, filling up the whole space with its insinuating roots. And all because of the little tree, which it had thought so weak and small. II. At other times there are seasons of depression, almost intolerable weariness, somewhat indeed of sickness of heart, as if a great pain had fixed itself within us; at other times we know that we are not bringing forth fruit to the glory of God or for the use of man, and in such times we call ourselves cumberers of the ground, and urge our idleness against ourselves with all the force of a criminal accusation. By the leaf the tree breathes and forms its wood from air and sunshine. ANOTHER GROUP OF PSALMS CONSISTS OF THOSE WHICH ARE THE PRODUCTS OF ANOTHER FORM OF DIVINE INSPIRATION. Meditation on God's Word.3. - C. 1. H. Either of them is a misfortune so great that we can scarcely think less of it than that it is very ruining to character. The man of the really prosperous life will not walk in such counsel of the ungodly; he will think toward God. 5. Into their sort of speech he will not enter.II. SUCCESS Psalm 1:1-3 INTRODUCTION Everyone of us want to be successful. Psalm 18:1-3 THE GOD WE WORSHIP Intro: I read the inscription that precedes this Psalm because it gives us some insight into the background for these verses. Another element of happiness in the good man. It is always growing, running up taller and taller, and getting larger and larger every year. ITS VARIETY. "The rivers" are running streams. 4. Sustenance. Some are early, some are late. It is the old idea of the bush burning and not consumed. Sermon. “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak.”. This not only in the physical world but in the moral.1. Some belong to grace, they are revealed, such as that Jesus is God equal to the Father, and that Jesus is our Judge. But if the good earth is too far away to be reached, it will make no effort on that side more than on the others." FOR THIS SUITABLE MEANS MUST BE EMPLOYED. Wherever a tree may be growing, if there is a stream or pool of water anywhere near it, or a damp piece of ground, it will always push its roots eagerly toward that. For example, I have read. It is driven away. For in every tree in your garden at home, and in everyone that you can see from these windows, and in all the trees of the forests and on the hills, there is a life principle, the strength of which is as great as, or greater than, that of the largest steam engine you ever saw. )A sermon on treesF. Now, what characterizes the law of the LORD? Symmetry. God gives the tree its nature, and plants it where it can best develop its nature, and looks for fruit according to its nature and place. The latest fruit is usually the best. Psalm 3., 4., 5., 7., 8., 10., 13., et alii, are illustrations of this. Propitious placing. He is felicitously situated. Non-use of thought in certain directions results in inability of thought toward those directions. Religion forms good men to the most proper ,temper for the enjoyment of prosperity. The words of his mouth shall be established, and their influence shall be felt forever. '"Constancy in religionR. Like a Tree Planted Psalm 1:1-3 . We wish it were, but its not. 1. And so with the ungodly man. And so the spiritual lives of God’s people are ultimately sustained by God. So will you bear fruit. CHRISTIANITY MUST EXPAND. Conviction — how important this is. Works have a great importance, but so also have words. St. John speaks of "little children, young men, fathers." 3 He will be like a tree firmly 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. Religion heightens the prosperity of good men by the prospect which it affords them of greater happiness to come in another world. Such a one is the twenty-second psalm, in which the writer bemoans his own sufferings and (according to the LXX. Cultivation develops latent properties, latent powers. So it is with the Christian heart. Delighting in the Law of God Summer Psalms. But you may have long to wait for it.III. There are times when our energy seems to be more than equal to all the exigencies of life; we can work without weariness, we can suffer without complaining; we are quite sure that the morning draweth nigh, and that in the end the victory will he with God. Tried, weighed, and not found wanting, Tried and found to be sound. )That bringeth forth his fruit in his season.Christian developmentCanon Liddon, D. D.This reference to the tree as the image of the good man's life, this garden which is thus summoned up before our minds, harmonises with almost all the early, and certainly with the closing, scenes in our Bibles. Let this be our conclusion, that, both in prosperity and in adversity, religion is the safest guide of human life. "His leaf also shall not wither." As might be expected, the tree bears fruit. The sense of being distinguished by the kindness of another gladdens the heart, warms it with reciprocal affection, and gives to any possession, which is agreeable in itself, a double relish, from its being the gift of a friend. So will you bear fruit. "Meditate day and night." So kind is God in making all things work together for good unto us whom He so dearly loves. But it does mean that our lives, when aligned to the word of God, will be the kind of life that God intends, the kind that He has designed. Childhood has its fruits. You can meditate on Scripture in a variety of ways. Psalm 1 is a very short chapter, which will be good on a child’s attention span. Do you say, "Well, I never thought of that before! 1. FROM LOOKING AT THE FRUIT OF THE TREE WE TURN TO ITS FOLIAGE. One reason people love the Psalms is that we can each usually identify the Psalms with our own experiences. Do you say, "Well, I never thought of that before! I hope you enjoy it and glean something from it. Rowland. It is a tree planted by the rivers of water. (Horace Bushnell's lecture on Life) of a man named Madison, who had an aqueduct — that is, a sort of trough made of logs — which in reaching his house passed by a tree which was especially fond of water, at a considerable distance from it. I. EACH IS GRADUAL The growth of the spiritual life is in the nature of the case slow, because it consists chiefly in the formation of habits of faith, hope, love, prayer, inward conformity of the soul to the will of Almighty God.II. When he heard of the prosperity of the Lord's work, and how island after island was learning to sing the praise of Jesus, his heart glowed, and he said, 'Missi, I am lifting up my head like a tree; I am growing tall with joy. The yellowing autumnal foliage accompanies the development of the fruit. If you have been raised with Christ… put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and covetousness, which is idolatry.”. There is not only a rock to hold on to, but there is the river to refresh it. Godly character is developed under God's special supervision, and with God's own appliances. Secondly, I want you to notice that verse 1 is all about what the righteous man does not do. Not only gratitude for the past, but a cheering sense of God's favour at the present, enter into the pious emotion.2. 2. The word means "perfectly balanced in all its parts." It is its strength, yea is itself; for the whole tree is simply a modification and development of the leaf, as it is most certainly the creation of the leaf. When the spring is gone, the summer vanished, how varied and multiplied the fruit of autumn. The will is the summit of the character, just as the heart is at its centre, just as the understanding is at its base. when we reach the happy destination of the way of the righteous. HOW GOD … There are those who always want to be somebody else: and there are those who want everybody else to be exactly what they themselves are. Another very interesting branch of our subject is in regard to the habits or instincts of the trees. The great object for which the all-wise Creator established the vegetable kingdom evidently is, that the plant might stand on the surface of the earth, between the animal and mineral creations, and organise portions of the former for the sustenance of the latter. It is when we doubt that God’s ways are better than our ways that we find ourselves lost in the sea of wicked counsel. Importance. Discover More About Life Change The Christmas We Weren't Expecting. Please use these sermons as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without my expressed, written permission! "Meditate day and night." It is the result of previously fulfilled conditions.1. Rowland. Scripture: Psalm 19:1–6. Old age has its fruits. For in every tree in your garden at home, and in everyone that you can see from these windows, and in all the trees of the forests and on the hills, there is a life principle, the strength of which is as great as, or greater than, that of the largest steam engine you ever saw. 5:6-7. )That bringeth forth his fruit in his season.Christian developmentCanon Liddon, D. D.This reference to the tree as the image of the good man's life, this garden which is thus summoned up before our minds, harmonises with almost all the early, and certainly with the closing, scenes in our Bibles. And the time of spiritual quickening when the soul longs for more of God. "Hang this upon the wall of your room," said a wise picture dealer to an Oxford undergraduate, as he handed him the engraving of a Madonna of Raphael, "and then all the pictures of jockeys and ballet girls will disappear."III. And the force of the Hebrew is that he does not do these things at all. And all because of the little tree, which it had thought so weak and small. Therefore, do not compromise with the world, do not tire of God’s Word. )That bringeth forth his fruit in his season.Christian developmentCanon Liddon, D. D.This reference to the tree as the image of the good man's life, this garden which is thus summoned up before our minds, harmonises with almost all the early, and certainly with the closing, scenes in our Bibles. Do you need righteous standards for your life? Old age has its fruits. But that’s not biblical meditation at all. For example, I have read. Religious impression — if that pass away, "a more convenient season" you will never have.III. 5. Consider this "if" as being nothing but an "if." He is the offspring of wisdom that is perfect and care that is infinite. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. In verse 4, the wicked are like who are like chaff - they are dead. And if you go down here on the road a little way, some time, you can see a huge rock that has been broken right in two by the strength of a little tree not much larger round than my arm. There are times of abundant labour, of almost excessive joy, of hope above the brightness of the sun, and of realisations which transform the earth into heaven. Their fruit is important. Some time, years ago, a little cone lodged in the crevice of that rock, and pretty soon the rains and the warm sun caused one of the little seeds in the cone to germinate and grow. Power Point Show MP3 audio. (1) There is the foundation book. III. Seasons of sorrow, of joy, and of temptation, these all have their appropriate fruit.II. In the fruit the tree sacrifices its own life for the life that is to spring from it; converts branch and foliage that would have remained and ministered to its own beauty, into blossom and fruit that fall off and minister to the good of others. Trees are used in building, furniture, ships, and as medicine. The trees are made by God to take out of the air a gas which would kill us all in a very little while if it u ere allowed to remain; and having taken it into their trunks they split it up into two parts, oxygen and carbon, and give us back the former that we may breathe it and live; while the latter they make into charcoal, which is used in a thousand ways for our comfort, convenience, and health. Your lifetime — if it bear not its fruit it will never bear it at all. I. INTRODUCTION: We are continuing in our study on the Psalms of Ascent, and our message series is called Stepping Stones to Gods Heart. These are small openings through the outer skin of the leaf into the air chambers within, making a direct communication between the whole interior of the leaf and the air outside. 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