Now, here is the text, and not just one verse, though I do want to focus mainly on what verse 12 is really referring to:
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
12 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.
Now, what is it that would cause a tree to clap it’s hands? And how can a tree clap with something it doesn’t have? That is where “literalism” falls decreptedly short, im my opinion. Throughout the bible, you can find where trees are used as an example of mankind. In Genesis, we read of the Tree of Life(which is a “type” of Jesus, or a symbol, if you will) and the tree of knowledge of good and evil(a symbol of satan, imo). Also, take a look at this passage:
22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.
23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
This man came back seeing men as trees. Were they literally trees? No, but for whatever reason, this is how God had anointed his eyes to see men walking around as trees. It was after Jesus anointed his eyes the second time, that he could see clearly. Then in Acts 5, Peter made this statement after being brought before the high priest:
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
Peter, oddly enough, referred to the cross as a tree. Personally, I believe this was showing us that Jesus died for us, for His trees, the trees in the field. Not all the trees of the world, but those trees that God chose to redeem before the foundation of the world. Paul reiterated what Peter spoke of in Acts 13:29 “29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.”
Then we see the Tree of Life mentioned in Revelation, which again, is a symbol, a type of Christ. Those who eat of this Tree shall live forever. In John 6, Jesus stated “except ye eat of My flesh, and drink of My blood, ye have no life in you.”
So you see, as God sends His word from His mouth, into the world, it will not return to Him void. It will affect someone, that someone He intended to send it to. Those trees that receive His word, they will clap their hands with joy of their salvation bestowed unto them but God Almighty.
Also, let’s ponder on Psalm 1:
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 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 doeth shall prosper.
These who walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, who also won’t hinder sinners, and who delight in God’s word, are like trees planted by the rivers of water. These trees are nourished by God, and His living water, by His word, and they will be fruitful, and shall prosper. They will be fruitful in that they, through the Spirit, will shine their light to sinners, and cause many to come to Christ to be saved. They will prosper in that God has chosen to seek and save them. They were of the trees in the field that will clap their hands. If all the trees of the world would clap their hands with joy, you are referring to universalism. It is those trees that God chose before this world was created, that He would send His Son to redeeem, to die for, to pardon their sins, to take their condemnation unpon Himself.
I know this is probably my weakest blog to date, but it was upon my heart and mind, and I pray that there is someone out there who gets a blseeing from reading it.