The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; ~Psalm 104:16
One of the prized trees in the Bible was the cedar tree of Lebanon. These stately trees, which grew in the mountainous regions of Lebanon, were highly valued for construction. Solomon used these trees for the construction of the great temple that he built for God. Cedar trees are a symbol of the life of a Christian who is thriving for God.
Consider the location of these trees.
They grew in mountainous elevations between 3,300 and 6,500 feet. Their forests could be seen from a valley area. The Christian life is one that, when seen from afar, visibly represents a “mountain-top” life. Our spiritual lives thrive best when we are on a mountain. Where is your spiritual life located?
Consider the root system of these trees.
Their roots were very deep and extensive. We are to be “rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith.” Trees that have good roots have a good life. How deeply rooted are you in the Lord?
Consider the content of the trees.
The Bible says that they are full of sap. Tap into a cedar tree, and it will have an outflow of much sap. Christians are to be filled with the Spirit. Tap into a Spirit-filled Christian, and there is an outflow of the fruit of the Spirit and good works. When you are tapped upon, what do you give forth from your life?
Consider the strength of these trees.
Their wood is considered among the best and most highly prized for construction. They are very wide at the base. The sight of these trees represents strength and endurance. Strong Christians are the ones who endure when the winds of adversity blow. Strong Christians are the ones we think of going to when we need encouragement. “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” How strong is your spiritual life?
Consider the height of these trees.
The Bible says that they are “high and lifted up” (Isaiah 2:13).The direction of these trees points to Heaven. These trees are not bent over or sagging. As they age, their direction never changes! Our lives should be going upwards and pointing to Heaven. As we get older, our direction should never change. What direction is your life pointing towards?
Consider the usage of these trees.
Their wood was considered long lasting. Solomon used them to build the temple of God! God wants to build His church on Christians who are doctrinally sound, durable, dependable, and devoted. Are you usable for God?
Consider the aroma from these trees.
They gave off a fresh, aromatic scent that invigorated the senses. You and I are to be a sweet-smelling savor unto Christ! We should be a breath of fresh air to those around us. Like Mary of Bethany’s sacrifice of costly ointment upon the Lord Jesus, our aroma should fill the house. Do your works and words give an aroma that is pleasing to God and others?
Last, the Bible says, “His countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars” (Song of Solomon 5:15). Are you excellent in spirit, as was Daniel? Can your life, spirit, and product be compared to a cedar which is called excellent?
God is looking for some “cedar saints:” Christians whose lives stand out for Him and bear testimony of a stable, steadfast, and exemplary life.
Have a thriving God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 43-45