Tuesday, February 15

growing a tree

I seem to be stuck in the 90's in the new year....I'm talking about the Psalms and not the years :::wink:::  (Goodness, what WERE the 90's like anyways?  They seem like a big blur to me....).

My latest place to be stuck and encouraged has been found in these verses:

"The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;  planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, 'The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.'" ~ Psalm 92:12-15

This short passage is so rich to me!  

First, I love the word flourish!  

Flourish - to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way as the result of a particularly favorable environment.  Possible synonyms are thrive, prosper, succeed, increase.

Then consider the trees that the righteous will flourish or grow like.  Palms trees which are known for their long life as they grow tall and strong.  Or consider the cedars of Lebanon which can grow up to 120 feet tall and have a circumference of up to 30 feet.  It's hard to think of a tree much more solid than that and definitely not easily moved or swayed.  

And even better is that even with old age the righteous will still bear fruit which is fresh and green.  Old age doesn't mean your faith is done and stale for it will still be alive and bearing fruit.

So can I encourage you on this day through this passage of Scripture to not chase after the things of this world that look so appealing yet lacking anything for eternity, but to instead seek the Word of God as a particularly favorable place to grow who you are through Him.  This is the best possible way to grow healthy and vigorous as you create a particularly favorable environment in your home to grow your children.  Living a life that is nourished on God's Word will help you to grow strong and solid in your faith so that you will not be easily moved or swayed when the world pushes it's temptations and problems before your path. Instead you and your household will continue to mature and bear fruit all the days the Lord has numbered for you which could be many. 

So whether you are young or old, my hope is that you will seek to grow a tree of faith which will flourish all its days!

Tammy ~@~


Kathy W. said...

the 90's were probably babies and toddlers and lots of littles and oh, yeah, fitting in school...
which would be why it is a blur...

Letitia said...

Wonderful, encouraging passage. Thanks for sharing it.

mom said...

You are exactly right, Kathy! Wish I would have been a blogger back then so I'd have some kind of journal of life back then.....

Tammy ~@~

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