A Guided Meditation Based on Psalm 1:1-3 and Revelation 22:1-2

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“Fruit in its season… and Leaf that shall not wither”
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The Bible teaches many of its truths through the use of vivid word pictures.  Psalm 1:1-3 and Revelation 22:1-2 paint the same picture: a tree planted by a stream of life-giving water.  In this guided meditation you are invited to prayerfully use your imagination to see this tree and to better appreciate how it grows and thrives.

Close your eyes and clear your minds.

In your own way, with your own words, ask God to speak to you through the word picture that Psalm 1 and Revelation 22 paints.

Read the two texts slowly – allow them to take hold of your imagination — try to see what it is that they are describing.

Psalm 1:1-3

Happy are those whose… delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.  They are like trees planted by streams of water which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.

Revelation 22:1-2

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

Sit with these verses in silence for just a moment.

Now, read them both again –

Psalm 1:1-3

Happy are those whose… delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.  They are like trees planted by streams of water which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.

Revelation 22:1-2

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

In your imagination go to a desert – maybe its somewhere you’ve actually been like in Arizona or Nevada, or maybe it’s a picture of a desert in Africa or Asia that you’ve seen in a magazine like National Geographic.  Either way, in your imagination go to that barren, flat, hot expanse of rock and sand.

What do you see?
What do you smell?
How does it feel?

Now, out on the horizon you see something jutting straight up.  It’s the only thing that’s out there.   As you approach it, you see that it is a tree, and that it is alive – in fact, it’s covered in green leaves and there is lots and lots of fruit on its branches.

What kind of tree is it that you are seeing in your imagination – an apple tree, an orange tree, a peach tree?

Take it all in, and feel something of the curiosity – maybe its confusion – that its presence out there in that barren place creates in you…

As you wonder about where that tree came from and how it flourishes in that hostile environment, walk closer to it.  And when you are standing right beside look down and see that there is a ravine running along beside it, and that there is actually a stream of water in it.  As you look more closely, you can see how the roots of the tree have grown towards the banks of that stream where it can draw life out of the water and up into the tree, giving it strength, vitality and fruitfulness.

Now, sit down beside the tree.  You may even want to take off your shoes and put your feet into the cool refreshing waters of the flowing stream.  Let the leaves of the tree shade you.  Let the fruit of the tree replenish you.  Enjoy the tree for a moment….

And now, ponder how you are like this tree.
In what ways is your life like a barren desert?
Where are you feeling dried up, played out, completely exhausted and barely alive spiritually?

In your imagination, as a tree, send out your shoots, put down your roots, and draw life from the stream of living water that flows beside you.  Feel yourself being replenished; see yourself being restored.

And ask yourself, what is it that gives you life?
What is it that prompts your growth?
What is it that makes you fruitful?

Psalm 1:1-3

Happy are those whose… delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.  They are like trees planted by streams of water which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.

Revelation 22:1-2

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

Talk to God for a moment about how you want to be spiritually vital and fruitful, and how you want your church to be spiritually vital and fruitful too.  And listen to what He is telling us about how we grow and thrive as individuals and as a community.  How can we be better rooted and grounded in Him?  Go ahead, ask Him — and listen for an answer…

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