APRIL 5 – What Does It Mean To Flourish?
Psalm 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
15 To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
I love this passage. The righteous shall flourish. Not the self-righteous, not the righteous in their own eyes, but those that are righteous in God’s eyes. Too often we think we are righteous in what little we do for God. To be righteous, we must have the righteousness of Christ, that is we must be covered by His blood, we must be born again. But notice, we shall flourish and grow. The righteous shall make steady progress and grow and be strong. A Christian cannot become stagnant and remain a Christian.
Here is another requirement for those that say they don’t need to go to Church. The righteous shall be planted in the house of the Lord. The source of what nurtures them is the Word of God and the songs of praise that are offered to God. Jesus said, “I am the vine and ye are the branches.” Our sustenance is from the vine. We must be connected to grow. There is more about a life in Christ than just being saved and attending the house of God occasionally. We must be faithful in attendance if we are to flourish. We must be faithful in study if we are to flourish.
We have a promise of bringing forth fruit in our old age. What a wonderful promise that we will give the Word of Life to many. We shall grow fat. Now some preacher is going to say, see it is okay to have a fat preacher for a pastor. This word means they shall have vigor and good health.
We have a promise of vigorous growth, longevity, usefulness, and the beauty of these trees. This will be the evidence of a faithful Lord who is our rock and where there is no unrighteousness in him.
Lord, May I Be Fat.