Daily D – Psalm 92:12-15
Psalm 92:12-15 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.”
Advancing age is no impediment to a fresh and fruitful life.
A group of us men of a certain age dined together last night. We discussed one of our peers who is a good twenty years older than the sixty-somethings hovering over our chips and salsa. He plans to work another five years before he retires. He’s the kind of guy who would go mountain climbing with Moses.
Two things are true:
1) Today is a good day to grow in grace and truth, to know and experience God.
2) Whatever you consider OLD is also a good time to grow in grace and truth, to know and experience God.
Now is a good time for your faith to flourish. Now is a good time to bear fruit.
For additional perspective on fruitfulness, turn to John 15 and ponder Jesus’ words. Fruitfulness is a joint operation involving both God and you. He does his part and you do yours.
Spoiler alert: It’s all about love. (See verses 12, 13, and 17.)
Aging may inhibit certain physical capacities, but it in no way diminishes our ability to love with deepening meaning.
I will live a flourishing faith now and always.
Our Father, I want to live a flourishing faith. I want to grow in your grace and truth. I want to know you better day by day. I want to bear fruit, fruit that will last now and always. Empower me to love who you love in the way they need to be loved by you. Amen.
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Daily D – 1 Samuel 9:21
1 Samuel 9:21 Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?”
Daily D – 1 Samuel 7:12
1 Samuel 7:12 Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer (which means “the stone of help”), for he said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!”
Daily D – 1 Samuel 3:19
1 Samuel 3:19 As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him, and everything Samuel said proved to be reliable.
Daily D – Ruth 2:12-13
Ruth 2:12, 13 “May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.” “I hope I continue to please you, sir,” she replied. “You have comforted me by speaking so kindly to me, even though I am not one of your workers.”
Daily D – Judges 19:1
Judges 19:1 Now in those days Israel had no king. There was a man from the tribe of Levi living in a remote area of the hill country of Ephraim. One day he brought home a woman from Bethlehem in Judah to be his concubine.