“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified”. – Isaiah 61:3
The latter part of the scripture above describes God’s people as trees of righteousness. In other words, if you’re born again, you’re a tree of righteousness, planted by God. Behind the physical body that you see is a tree of righteousness, and righteousness is the nature of God that sets you apart from the rest of the world unto excellence and glory.
No wonder the Bible says all the other trees of the field shall clap their hands when you pass by: “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12). The field here is the world; in other word, the people of the world (trees of the field) will clap their hands as they recognize and acknowledge the glory, beauty and perfection of God in your life. As you go forth with joy, He says the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you.
Now, because we’re trees of righteousness planted by God, we can only live by staying connected to our life’s source which is Christ. He is our righteousness. You’ve been established in Zion as a tree of righteousness, ordained to be fruitful and productive in every good works; ordained to radiate the glory of God. No wonder, the Bible says concerning the righteous: “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3).
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Confession (Faith’s Proclamation)
Dear Father, you’re the source of my life; without you I can do nothing. Thank you for strengthening me and making my life fruitful. Thank you for making me a tree of righteousness; I’m planted by the rivers of water, fruitful and productive in every good work.
Further Study: Isaiah 61:3; Philippians 1:9-11