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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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”