Psalm 92:12-15 – “The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Planted in the house of the LORD, They will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green, 15 To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” NASU
Have you ever longed for assurance and confidence that you matter? Have you ever fallen prey to the devil’s deception and heard his assertions as to why others seem to be prospering and flourishing but you are not? Have you ever experienced a tiny bit envy at others who seem to be flourishing in the things of God but you are going from difficulty to difficulty? Have you experienced being up one day and down another? Have you had success followed by failure or faced almost insurmountable obstacles that prevent you from steady progress and growth? I’m sure that I’m the only one, but in case a few of you have experienced that I will continue.
In v.12 there is an incredible affirmation and promise. It is a goal that every believer should desire. The Psalmist said, “The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” The palm tree referred to appears to be one that can grow to 80 or 90 feet and withstand the incredible weather. They are flexible and will bend but not break in the storm. They grow tall and straight, are flexible and strong. That is a beautiful picture of the believer who is rooted and grounded in God. The Righteous are compared to this tree! Those in “right standing” with God. Then he says, they will grow like the cedar of Lebanon. That tree is a cone producing tree that grows up to 120 feet in height spreading its branches out 20 to 50 feet from the trunk. In that era, it was known as the King of Trees. It produces great and desirable building material. Remember that David & Solomon utilizing that specific tree in the buildings they built. It grows year around, no matter the circumstances surrounding it. What a beautiful picture of the believer.
But, I must ask, how do we become Palm trees or Cedars of Lebanon? The next verse gives us the definitive method to achieve that desired end. “Planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.” Hallelujah! I may be on dangerous ground in speaking of being PLANTED in the House of God because of our mobile mentality of this century. Tragically, too often Christians do not recognize the Planting of the Lord in where we serve and uproot ourselves on whims and attempt to do what only the Holy Spirit can do, REPLANT OURSELVES. Oh, we can move from church to church but we cannot plant ourselves, that is the work of the Spirit of God. Therefore, if we are to flourish like the majestic palm or cedar of Lebanon we must be PLANTED and as we serve there we flourish in the Courts of God. If you are not flourishing it might be wise to ask, “LORD, where do you desire to PLANT me?” Once you determine that, allow the Holy Spirit to Plant you and watch the development of spiritual gifts and blessings in your life.
But there is something more in this passage found in verse 14, “They will still yield fruit in old age: they shall be full of sap and very green.” THAT IS POWERFUL, EXCITING, and ENCOURAGING for me. I’m no longer a spring chicken and some would consider me of the age to be put out to pasture and no longer qualified to serve as a congregational leader and some churches feel that due to age I am no longer relevant. This passage tells us that IF we are PLANTED in the House of the Lord we will flourish like the Palm trees and grow like the cedar of Lebanon and in that planting, we will flourish. But, it goes far beyond that and says that we will continue to Yield Fruit in Old Age. That is enough but it gives even more and says that we will be FULL OF SAP and VERY GREEN. We will still have vim, vigor, and vitality. We will still be relevant. We will still be productive. We will still walk in the anointing and see the hand of God move. So, if you are a ‘seasoned citizen’ take heart. As you are planted you will continue to produce for the Kingdom no matter your age. Consider Moses who spent the first 40 years of his life being trained, the next 40 years being emptied of himself and the last 40 years in productive ministry for God. God does not operate by chronology but commitment and planting. He is GOD and can do whatever He chooses. You are NEVER TOO OLD and NEVER TOO YOUNG.
God, bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!