God Transplanted You So You Could Be Watered

Tree by river of water

Have you ever felt like God has moved you? Maybe He moved you from one city to another, from a dead church to a live one, or from one job to another. Maybe you were even laid off from a job and moved into forced retirement. Regardless of the specifics, if God has ever moved you–even against your will–He has a special word for you today out of Psalm 1: God transplanted you so you could be well-watered.

Psalm 1:1-3 says:

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.

I read this yesterday morning and began to meditate on the tree analogy. I wondered: What is different about a tree planted by rivers of water, compared to a tree planted anywhere else?

It can’t be just the leaves. It can’t be the trunk. Trees have leaves and trunks no matter where they are planted. So which part of a tree benefits from growing by the water?

Then I realized. It’s the roots. Trees planted by water have one advantage over other trees: their roots can get all the water they need. They grow strong and provide shade to many–all because they are well-watered.

Then I happened to look up the word “planted” in my Strong’s Concordance, and I was amazed by what I found.

Get this: The word “planted” here is the Hebrew word “shathal” (pronounced “shaw-THAL”), and it literally means “to transplant.” [1]

“Transplant” is a gardening term. To “transplant” means that you dig something up from one place and plant it again in another place. You move it from a place it no longer belongs to a new place where it does belong. Transplanting doesn’t happen by chance, either. It requires the purposeful action of a superior being… God, in this case.

And the purpose of transplanting is so that the plant can grow better.

Psalm 1 tells us that the righteous are like trees, transplanted by rivers of water. When we apply this practically, we see that God is telling us that He moves us from one place (where we no longer belong) to a new place (where we do belong). His purpose in doing so is so our roots can access everything we need to flourish.

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“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 1:3).

God wants you to prosper. He wants you to have everything you need. He wants you to bear fruit. He wants your proverbial leaves–everything about your life–to be green and verdant.

So He transplants you. He knows that getting dug up can hurt sometimes, but things are going to be better. In your new spot:

  • You’re going to have everything you need to bear fruit at the right time.
  • Your soul will be fed and watered, instead of dry and weary.
  • Your new growth won’t be withered away by drought and scorching sun.
  • Whatever you set your hand to will be blessed.

So take courage, my friend. You’ve been transplanted. Even if you still feel the pain of the shovel that dug you up, you’re in a better place. Papa has chosen a spot just for you. God transplanted you so that He could water you. You’re going to grow now, and you’ll be able to fulfill your purpose.

Has God ever transplanted you? If so, I’d love to hear what this word study means to you. Please leave a comment below!


[1] Strong’s Concordance, Hebrew word 8362

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  1. Amanda Encalade says:

    Wow wow wow
    This is a post from May 2013!!! And it is resounding in my spirit In the here and now May of 2018!! I have never been on your actually website before Jamie until this moment. I was nursing my baby boy to sleep after reading your post from today on the store houses are full and after being blessed by that word It crossed my heart to search the treasures of your website. And I so happened upon this post and it’s a confirmation and reassurance to where the Lord has planted me.so many of my hearts desires are being answered,.and this word is foundational to what the Lord has done and is doing in my life and my families life
    My grandma passed in Feb 2013 it was a painful year for me but looking back I can see the hand of God ushering me to himself. He transplanted me from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of His beloved son it was a very painful process God began to shake my world I committed myself to him by Jan 2015 Still I faced more and more suffering grief and tribulations
    The Lord planted me in a church home April of 2015 that year I began to grow strong in the Lord and then once again I was faced with a decision that would uproot me from that place I dearly loved I felt free I felt like I could finally be me the no need to pretend I learned acceptance and trasparencey but then I was placed somewhere i really didn’t want to be but felt I needed to stand by my husband in making the move in Feb 2017 funny how there seems to be a pattern to the pain experices within the same months, for a year I withered in agony in this old place for It was the spot we first began in when we were a young couple I loved the people but In my spirit I knew this was a dead end and it distressed me and the dreams and hopes of being used for Gods glory were fading and my spirit was withering and I felt my gifts that once were flourishing were drying up and wasting away in that place but I learned some things in this place also the meaning of real genuine love because if you have not love then the foundation to be used will be built on other things that would not have been able to sustain me in What God was preparing me for I knew O was going through a process of time thay was for a purpose but oh the not knowing is a hard place to remain hopeful and expectant
    And then my heart began to soften and then God began to move again He began to do a new thing I did not know was even coming He made a way out of no way!!!
    April of 2018 My husband was called.to be an associate pastor in another church neither of us had foreseen nor chose on our own and Thus we are both walking in Gods will for us the prophetic ministry The Lord had in store for us the moment He drew my husband and I together in 1996 and our first date was at the movies we watched
    the Preachers wife !!!
    And thus when our life was void and dark and formless God created something out of nothing and He said let there be light!!!! THE Lord said He was blazing a new trail and the fire woukd not burn us
    And now as this post highlights the new beginning of Gods plan for my husband and I, we are being deeply watered and refreshed in this new spot as God gave moses command to speak to the rock and water would flow so he is using us in this place to be the ones that yield the water that others can drink from because he has broken our hearts so that his river of living water can flow through us to revive others so they can grow with us too!!! And this is why God uprooted and transplanted us because the place I loved although had there an overflow of water there was not enough sun light, apparently trees need light to keep from growing weak tress that are more shaded tend to become brittle and are in danger of falling over. Gods revelation light is shining forth and it’s time to embrace the sunshine

  2. Temeika McCoy says:

    Thank you. This was on time for me.

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