The Baobab tree growing in Madagascar, India, Ceylon and Australia is remarkable for its size. Some boast a girth of over 100 feet! It is also remarkable for its age as carbon testing results indicate it can live to be 3000 years old! This hardy tree cannot be easily killed even when burned or stripped of bark as it responds by growing new bark. But what impresses me most is its ability to store massive amounts of water, up to 1,189 gallons!
The tree described in today’s verse is a picture of the one who delights in the law of the Lord, making it the subject of meditation day and night. (verse 2) In contrast to the wicked who are pictured as chaff (verse 4) this person thrives. Water is never an issue because of where he is planted. Rather than being planted in the soil of this world’s ideas of right and wrong, this person enjoys God’s blessing because of his love and obedience to God’s objective truth. He is planted in the right place and can enjoy growth, fruit, and significance!
To delight one’s self in laws and commandments seems a strange concept. But when meditating on the good purpose behind God’s laws and also on the Giver of law, then I can at least come to appreciate what others see as restrictive. He gives His laws to me to show me the best way and least painful way to live. It is out of His protective love for me that He gives me His standards. When I follow what He says is right and wrong, there is blessing.
Lord, keep me strong, fruitful and following You.