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The Psalms employ poetic language                 university, business, and family, each of
         to deliver spiritual truth in fresh and  us must develop the discipline of time
         insightful ways. Paul, also, made gen-   alone with God on a daily basis. Roots
erous use of metaphors to convey meaning in       take time to develop and to deepen. Live
his writings. In Psalm 1, we are taught that      beside the Brook!
what made the man of verse 1 so distinctive
was his delight in the Word of God (v2). That     The Security and Stability
relationship to Scripture is likened to the deep
roots which he had sunk by the brooks of            Finally, the imagery of roots suggests
water. Paul spoke in Colossians of believers      stability and security. While Psalm 1
being “rooted” in Christ and receiving nour-      may have in view the eternal conse-
ishment and sustenance from Him (Col 2:7).        quences of “dwelling by the rivers of
                                                  water,” it contrasts the tree, which is
  In the Psalms, the metaphor is a stream or      rooted, with the chaff, which is driven
brook; in Colossians, it is the soil. In either   by the wind. Those who are rooted in
case, it bespeaks a believer who has sunk         fellowship with Christ know a stabil-
roots into fellowship with Christ, drawing        ity amidst the many winds of doctrine
every need and daily strength for growth          and trends in both the social and the
from Him. While Psalm 1 stresses the Scrip-       evangelical world. They are “established
tures and Colossians the Person, it is only       in the faith” (Col 2:7), as they had been
through the written Word that we can hold         taught. That does not equate to a refusal
communion with the Incarnate Word. Get to         to change or to “serve our own genera-
the Book!                                         tion” (Acts 13:36). Stubbornness is not
                                                  a spiritual virtue. Change, however,
The Secret and the Seen                           must always be within the scope of the
                                                  Word of God and should not be driven
  Inherent in the metaphor of “roots” is the      by changes in society.
fact that they are not seen on the surface. They
are unseen to the observer. This emphasizes         The concept of security seems almost
that there is a secret life of communion with     “rooted” in the metaphor of “roots,”
God which is not visible to others. This means    if you will allow the expression. This
time alone, away from the technology and          security involves not only eternal secu-
noisy world in which we live.                     rity, but that which serves each believer
                                                  so well amidst the many trials of faith
  But the unseen does have a visible coun-        which assault us in our experiences here.
terpart: Psalm 1 reminds us of fruit which is     Elsewhere in Colossians, Paul wrote of
developed in season. Colossians 2:7 speaks        those who were “not moved away from
of “abounding therein with thanksgiving.”         the hope of the gospel” (1:23).
The result of an unseen life in fellowship
with the Lord will be the appearance of fruit       We have the choice of being either
with a fragrance which will be visible and        a rooted tree or driven chaff. Which
apparent to all.                                  would you like your life to be?

  Amidst the demands of high school life,

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