Like a Cedar (Psalm 92:12 – 15)

Psalm 92:12–15 (NKJV)
12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,
15 To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

I.  The “Shall” Factor
Psalm 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Both of these trees have a life expectancy of hundreds of years. Their life expectancy is a symbol of the ability of the Christian to have longitudinal influence, reach, and success as a man or woman of God.

They are evergreen trees, showing that they are never dormant, but produce at all times and in all weather.

They both have royal connotations, meaning they are associated with kings and queens. We should represent the King of our Souls at all times.

They draw attention in any setting. We should “stand out in the crowd” as people of God.

Maybe you are not at this point yet. Maybe you are a new Christian with much room to grow. And if you are not maturing, growing, finding your way in the faith, then maybe a checkup is in order. The people of God SHALL flourish, they SHALL grow. God is saying to us, “get out of the hammock and do some work.” He is saying, “eat your Wheaties, do your execises, take your vitamins, and put on some muscle. The work ahead requires strength!”

II.  Planted
13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.

Planting means not only that something has been done for us that we could not do for ourselves, and that a great change has taken place in our position, but it implies that there is life in us. I suppose that if we speak of planting a post or planting a pillar we hardly use correct language. We plant a thing that has life in it, and we do not consider that a thing has been planted unless it be a living thing. Most certainly the promise could not be fulfilled to any but a living tree, for it is said—“They that be planted shall flourish, and they shall bring forth fruit.” God does not intend to have dead stumps standing in His court,—
“That little garden walled around.”

Spurgeon, C. H. Teachings of Nature in the Kingdom of Grace. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

III.  Fruitful
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,

The long lifespan of palms and cedars is not just for the trunk, but also for the fruit-bearing limbs, branches, and buds.

We can be fresh and flourishing until old age if we are planted in the fertile ground of the Kingdom of God.

IV.  Vocal
15 To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

 

“We’re In”

A People of the Word
A People of Prayer
A People of His Church
A People of Witness

Takeaway Thoughts

  1. Flourish and Grow
  2. Be Planted
  3. Bear Fruit
  4. Be Vocal

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