Psalm 92:12-15 is a beautiful picture of a person who has willfully and sincerely repented of their sins, accepted the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior, and in turn wears the label of righteous and godly. This seems like a high and lofty label to wear, but your loving Father pins it on you when you come desiring to live a life fully devoted to Him. Not a perfect life, but one that desires and seeks the ways of God.
Thankfully, He restores your soul and guides you in the paths of His righteousness for His name’s sake (see Psalm 23:3). God promises that a righteous life will flourish and grow. “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His…” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, They will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green, To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
God’s desire is that you will move into a “wholehearted” lifestyle—one devoted fully to Him, producing much fruit. We can learn volumes from the beautiful illustration of the palm tree and the cedar in Lebanon. Like depicted in Psalm 92, they bear much fruit. Specifically, palm trees grow deep roots into the ground until they strike living springs. May you grow deep roots in Christ, drawing nourishment for your daily living.
Along the same lines, cedar trees are strong and mighty. May you bear the unbending strength of a cedar as you call upon the name of the Lord for your power. Your flourishing and growth will continue into old age as you seek God for nourishment and might.
God has kept you alive and given you opportunity for fruitful living. Yes, fruitful living! So, what are you going to do with it? Are you going to live your life to your fullest potential? Or, are you going to settle for ease and comfort? What you do with the opportunities given to you is your gift back to God through your response, action, and commitment. You must continue to move forward. For, “…whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,” (Ecclesiastes 9:10) and flourish right where you are planted.
Revelation 3:7 (NIV) says, “These are the words of him who is holy and true . . . . What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.”
Aim to please God and not man. If you choose to trust God alone, you will end up right in the middle of what God has called you to for this specific time and place. “Behold, He will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? He will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19).
You may not always know the next step, but all He asks of you is to trust Him with the day in front of you.
Flourish right where God has planted you in this season of your life and watch Him do amazing things with your obedience—today, tomorrow or a year from now. Trust His timing.
Journeying with Him,