Nestled in the pages of Psalm 92 are four verses that speak quietly to each of us. At first glance they don’t appear to apply much to our everyday lives. But, in reality, they are full of all kinds of amazing encouragement for our hearts.
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Last summer my family went south for vacation. Being a girl from the land of stately Douglas Fir trees and defined seasons, I was awed by the palm trees we saw reaching for the sky. The trees were massive and they were so tall, my tiny frame seemed to be the size of an ant next to them. After reading these veses they carried significance and I loved the symbolism used in Scripture.
Here are some fun facts I have discovered about these trees.
**They can produce 3 different kinds of fruits. Coconut, date, and jelly ( which comes from the acacia berry)
**They grow is tropical climates the best. Lot’s of sunshine and favorable conditions
**Grow up to 30 feet tall.
Scripture makes it clear that those who are righteous or as the NLT says “those who are godly” will flourish.
Flourish means to grow or develop in a healthy vigorous way, to develop rapidly or successfully. To flourish, a palm tree needs to live in the right climate and be fed by the sun.
Just like the tree, we benefit from surrounding ourselves with believers and letting Jesus be our guiding light. As we follow after God and seek Him, we grow and we grow fast. The more we get to know about Jesus the more we want to know. We are still called to minister and love others with everything we have. We can only effectively do this if we are being fed by the Creator.
As we age the growing continues and we increase in the joy and love to offer. We understand what the Psalmist proclaims that “God is my rock”.
Have you ever been struck by an older woman and been inspired by her grace and quiet contentment at the feet of Jesus?
I have a few of these beauties in my life. If I think they are absolutely beautiful, how much more must Jesus? Somewhere in their past, they decided to live according to God’s standards, not their own or the world’s. This produced a fruitful life that draws others to His magnificence.
Living the Christian life does not equal perfection. It also does not guarantee a pain free, perfect existence. It merely means seeking after God and desiring to follow and serve Him. Reaching for the sky as we grow in the light of the Son of God is all he asks of us.
When we do this, we become like the palm tree that the Psalmist talks of, and we flourish fiercely!