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. Psalm 92:12-13
Every day people all over the world are striving to ‘make’ it in life. They want to flourish and be successful in what they do. Focus is often put on how large of a bank account or how large a house, or how many cars a person has to determine how well he is succeeding.
If a person does not have the right position or the right amount of money, most do not think he is flourishing or successful. With this mindset, most do not think that they are flourishing, but scraping along the bottom, not successful.
In this psalm, the writer states that those who are righteous will flourish like a tree. This flourishing will take place in God’s courtyard.
When a tree is flourishing, it is growing very well, full of fruit and is well rooted in the ground. There is no sign of disaster, wilting or disease. It is full of life.
Believers have the ability to flourish, even when in the middle of a great struggle. They can rooted in God and have the joy of God’s salvation, knowing that they belong to God.
The believer fully rooted in Jesus will be full of the fruit of the spirit. He will display the love, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, meekness and more that Jesus displayed when He walked upon this earth.
While on this earth, the believer may not have the physical things that this world determines as needed to flourish, but he can still flourish in God’s courtyard. He can be successful in being a witness and being faithful to God’s word, growing and becoming like Jesus each day.
Each day you have a choice as to how you will flourish. You can strive to flourish like the world desires with temporary things that will fail and die in the end. Or you can choose to flourish in God’s courtyard.
As a believer you should be seeking daily to be filled with His Holy Spirit and to display the fruit of His Holy Spirit in your life. Strive to be more like Jesus daily and be a tree planted by the waters of God’s Spirit.
This flourishing will last for eternity, surviving the struggles and disasters of this earth.
Are you really flourishing today?
Today I pray that you will know the salvation that Jesus provides; that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit; that you will bear the fruit of God’s Spirit in your life; and that you will be more like Jesus each day.