I Shall Not Be Moved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.”  -Psalm 1:3

I learned all kinds of catchy songs as a child.  Among my favorites were Father Abraham, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart, Deep and Wide, and Jesus Loves Me.  The tunes still ripple through the fibers of my soul and the words are forever trapped in my heart.  These songs served as some of life’s greatest lessons for me.  Today I was thinking about the song, I Shall Not Be Moved.  The following lyrics were based on Psalm 10:6, “He says in his heart, ‘I shall not be moved.’” 

I shall not be, I shall not be moved.

I shall not be, I shall not be moved.

Just like a tree planted by the water.

I shall not be moved.

 

All trees have distinct characteristics which make them appealing and beautiful.  Take for instance, the glorious sassafras tree.  This tree stands out for a variety of reasons.  First, it has an intoxicating, pleasant fragrance.  The sweet odor invites wildlife to eat from it and bask in the comfort of its shade.  Second, the tree bears three different shaped leaves, making it interesting and unique.  Because of the leaf formations, the tree is popular and easy to identify.  Finally, the sassafras tree is deeply rooted in the richness of the earth giving it strength and longevity. 

There is an uncanny connection between a sassafras tree and a believer.  Christ calls on and expects us to carry His Good News to everyone.  2 Corinthians 2:14b-15 says,

“Through us the fragrance of the knowledge of Him is spread.  For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”

I have to ask myself quite frequently what message I’m sending to the world around me.  Carefully, I must consider how my actions, character traits, speech, and decisions affect others.  Hopefully, I do not omit the odors of a bitter spirit, sour attitude, or rotten personality.  If so, people will immediately be turned off and search elsewhere to find someone to spend time with—someone that smells…well, yummy!

Living in this dark and lonely world, it is more important than ever for us to stand out as genuine followers of Christ.  If we are no different than the rest of the world, we will simply blend in and become complacent.  The world will be able to identify each of us by the fruit we bear as outlined in Galatians 5:22-23:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”

The fruit we bear will be an indicator of our life in Christ and the unique character He builds in each of us.  Despite popular belief, godly character is attractive and draws others closer.

The moment we give our lives to Christ, our roots are anchored in the fertile soil of Him.  He nurtures us by giving us Living Water and the Bread of Life.  We are equipped to handle the things that life throws at us—coming out on the other side of trials and tribulations with more perseverance and grace.  Life in Christ means that we can grow into beautiful servants and never be moved from His presence.