Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Some Favorite Odes to the Trees

By Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree;
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in
Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

It was an old Jewish custom to plant a cedar tree when a boy was born and a pine tree when a girl was born. When two people were married, branches from these trees were used to make poles for their wedding canopy.... (The custom of planting of a "marriage tree" at the birth of a child is called neti'ah shel simchah, "a joyous planting.") On a spiritual level, this pictures being "grafted in" and made part of the marriage canopy of Yeshua, etc.

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

Psalm 52:8
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.

Psalm 92:12
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psalm 96:12
Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord.

Proverbs 3:18
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her.

Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.

Revelation 22:14
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.

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