Trees of Righteousness

Isaiah 61:3 ‘…That they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.’

Trees of righteousness! God delights to call His redeemed by this name. We enjoy the stateliness of trees, their shade, their grandeur, their strength, their peaceful appearance, their swaying in the breeze, their fruitfulness, and the varying characteristics of each. They each point to the glory of God. God takes great pleasure both in planting and in beholding that which He has planted, for He beholds those who are the trees of righteousness in Christ – those who point with much more comeliness than any kind of tree to the glory of the Redeemer.

Who made the oak tree to stand strong? Who made the palm tree to grow upright? Who gave the rough ironbark its pretty pink blossoms? Who enabled the cedar tree to grow to reach its lofty height? Who created each fruiting tree to bring forth in its season? These are all the works of the Lord. Likewise, it is His care and gentleness that makes us great. It is all His doing, and is marvellous in our eyes.

It is only the trees that stand in His righteousness which will bring forth fruit and eternally point to the glory of God. ‘Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.’ (Matthew 15:13) Every other tree, no matter how quickly it may bud and shoot forth, will only bear the false fruit of self-rightousness. The true trees are the planting of the Lord, and it is He that shall be glorified as they bring forth fruit in patient reliance upon Him. He will enable us to bring forth the peaceable fruit of righteousness, and the fruit characteristic to our callings in the seasons He has ordained.

What God plants, He tends and cultivates. He has put his own righteousness upon the trees of his planting, and has affixed this placard to each of them: ‘The planting of the Lord.’ He has thus fastened His reputation to it – He will perfect the work of His hands. (Isa 27:3) ‘I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.’ He is ever mindful of the trees of righteousness, and has an eye to the fruit that he has before ordained that we should bear. He will not fail, nor be discouraged, until he has established us in full fruitfulness and glory!

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