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#blessed: Lesson 6

I can’t believe we’re at the end of our study. I hope you have been as blessed;) from studying blessedness as I have!

BACKGROUND

We have a lot to cover in this final lesson, so we’re going to jump right into it. Let’s get started by looking at verse 3 of the passage in the Psalm we’ve been studying. Remember, this verse is still describing the esher blessed person:

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (Psalm 1:3, NIV)

This lesson will bring us all the way back to where we started - talking about fruitfulness. Once again, this is where all blessedness collides. ALL blessedness involves fruitfulness - blessed to be a blessing!

APPLICATION

The verse begins by saying this blessed person is like a tree planted by streams of water.

We’ll get into the symbolism of the tree in just a second, but there are a couple things I want to point out about this little simile. The word streams in this verse isn’t the type of stream you’re probably imagining. It means “channels” or “canals,” and it is in reference to an ancient irrigation system. It represents a place of extreme fertility in which the tree is actually being irrigated by its water source.

How cool is it that?!

The passage also says this tree is planted. It is not growing randomly, sprouting up by chance somewhere. It is purposefully and strategically planted.

There is nothing accidental or random about who you are or where you are. Nothing.

God plants us in a place in which He will be the ever-present Supplier of all our needs. EVERY detail of who we are and EVERY place we’re planted is purposeful!

Now, something surprised me when I looked up the definition of the Hebrew word translated planted in this verse - the word actually means “to transplant.”

Oh here we go…Scripture is full of so many awesome things when we dig in!

The definition of the word transplant on dictionary.com is this: “to remove (a plant) from one place and plant it in another.”

Have you ever been a transplant? Have you ever felt like a transplant? Maybe you’ve been...

  • transplanted from the coast living in the midwest.

  • transplanted from the south living in the north.

  • transplanted from the country living in the city.

Or, our place of transplant might not even be a place, it might be a role...