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Tuesday, October 9th, '18

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"He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water..." (Psalm 1:1)


Tree, true, trunk, trust, truss, truth...these words all have a common root, pardon the pun. One line in Fogelburg's song Longer says, "Truer than any tree ever grew..." A tree is true when it stands erect, tall, unyielding to storms, standing ninety degrees opposite earth's plane. The tree can be trusted because of its stance. Tie the winch line to the tree; it isn't going to budge. Believers are called to stand "like a tree planted..." God's word is the sturdy soil in which the seed roots. "Thy word is truth" (John 17:17). "In hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie promised..." (Titus 1:2) Paul said, "By faith you stand". In another place, "Having done all to stand, stand therefore..." The trust of a tree is that it will always be there. God can be counted on, relied on, banked on, believed on. Faith is really nothing more than leaning weight upon something from under which we believe the legs won't break.


The carpenter says a wall or floor is "true" when the bubble on the level lines up between the marks. How can we know truth except there be some standard that is reliable? "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth" (3 John 4). God's word is that reliable standard. Compasses are universal gadgets. They work the same in New Jersey, Nairobi or Nepal. There is a north, there is a south, there is a right, there is a wrong. Faith sets its compass to a sure Pole Star. This is a day of relativism, my way, your way, my religion and yours. What is truth for one guy may not be so for another. You can see the obvious confusion and hazard that creates. Suppose Earth, Jupiter, Saturn and so on decided to do their own thing, decide their own truth. Orbit requires a center. A solar system necessitates a sun. Functioning society requires central law. The heart has to have gravity. The blessed man, according to David's primer psalm, shall be "like a tree planted by the rivers of water..." Arbor life demands soil and moisture. It cannot root itself in whipped cream.


Are you planted? Can you describe your life as solid? Does the spiritual plumb-stick prove an inner truth? Jesus came to earth to "bear witness to the truth" (John 18:37). He established the standard. The Cross, the old rugged tree, became the level by which every other beam is judged true or not. "Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error" (1 John 4:6). What is not truth then is by default error. The Church is called "the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). A quick glance at history reflects that it has been anything but that but the fault has been in untrue men, not an untrue gospel. True is not out of style. Square is not square. Relationship demands truth. People want others to be honest with them. Well, how can we be honest if we are not true? How can we be true when we deny God, the Pole Star and Center? True love is another way of saying genuine. A true friend is a friend that doesn't flee when the chips are down. Remaining "true to ya, baby" means there are no other lovers and no secrets. All that is included in our text psalm. We usually think of fruitfulness, wide-stretching branches and comforting shade when we think of the tree planted by the rivers of water, but we need also to see in that tree its perpendicular stance. A true tree!

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