“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
As you may have guessed, I love the Psalms.
Here the Psalmist states that “the righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon.” But if you don’t know what kind of palm tree or what a cedar of Lebanon looks like this verse holds little meaning.
But I wanted to know.
So I did what we all do … I googled.
Here’s what I found:
1. Palm trees grow tall and straight and can tower at incredible heights. Their root structure flourishes so strongly that they fully support the height of the tree. And although storms and winds may cause the tree to bend and wave, when the storms subside the tree stands tall and straight once again having never been uprooted. In addition, they produce edible fruit year round.
2. Cedars of Lebanon can have a trunk base as wide as 8 ft. They are symbols of strength and dignity throughout much of the Middle East.
How does that help me understand these verses a little more?
Essentially, those who are “planted in the house of the Lord” or those who have been saved through God’s grace and place their dependence on God, will flourish and grow despite storms, struggles, and age. Nothing of this world can keep them from growing tall and straight (looking to God), being fruitful (nourishing others with God’s love and grace), and growing strong (because His is their rock).
Bad days will come and go.
Storms will start and stop.
Age and time will take its toll.
And though life may change here and there,
One thing should remain the same.
One thing should keep you from being uprooted.
One thing should keep you being fruitful.
One thing should ensure your growth.
Not how much you know or how talented you are.
Not the size of your bank account or the things you own.
Not the number of friends you have or committees you chair.
There is only one thing that keeps you strong.
One thing that keeps you tall.
And that is being rooted in the Lord of all.
Now ask yourself, “Am I planted in the house of God?”
- Cedars Everwhere! – Cedars of Lebanon State Park, TN (travelpod.com)
- The Winner: Psalm 67 (633woman.com)