This vibrant garden scene

Jeremiah-17 7-8The Verse of the Day for March 21, 2018 is found in Jeremiah 17:7-8 in the New International Version:

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Here is the passage in the King James Version:

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

This familiar passages echoes the truths expressed in the First Psalm, one of my favorite psalms.

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

When I think of the First Psalm, I also recall the first passage of scripture I ever committed to memory. In reflecting on these two related passages, I realized that the Verse of the Day for yesterday identified the fruit of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, resulting in a post entitled “Fruit of the Spirit in the Garden.” The passages from Jeremiah and Psalm 1 along with the reference to the fruit of the spirit merged in my mind, inspiring this fresh poetic response:

This Vibrant Garden Scene

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Psalm 1

Galatians 5:23-24

 

I have tasted your goodness and put my trust in you.

Assured of great promises, the Lord is my hope

Who strengthens my soul when I feel I cannot cope.

From deep waters you bless and refresh and make new.

Bearing fruit throughout every season of my life,

Love and joy never diminish, only increase.

Gentleness, goodness, and a great harvest of peace

Bring forth even in the midst of turmoil and strife.

Planted by the rivers as a bountiful tree,

Faithfulness and meekness rooted in self-control

Add to the fruitful harvest that restores the soul,

As fruit of the spirit abounds beyond all we see.

Even in times of drought, my leaves will remain green:

The boundless bounty of this vibrant garden scene.

We close with a musical rendition of the Verse of the Day from Jeremiah 17:7-8:

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