12 But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. 13 For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. 14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. Ps. 92:12-14
Palm trees are known for their long life. To flourish like palm trees means to stand tall and to live long. The palms of this region are also an excellent source of food, producing dates. The cedars of Lebanon grew to 120 feet in height and up to 30 feet in circumference; thus, they were solid, strong, and immovable. The writer saw believers as upright, strong, productive, and unmoved by the winds of circumstance. Those who place their faith firmly in God can have this strength and vitality.
Honoring God is not restricted to young people who seem to have unlimited strength and energy. Even in old age, devoted believers can produce spiritual fruit. There are many faithful older people who continue to have a fresh outlook and can teach us from a lifetime of experience in serving God. Seek out an elderly friend or relative to tell you about his or her experiences with the Lord and challenge you to new heights of spiritual growth. (Life Applications Study Bible)
Romans 10:17 – “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
This Psalm is titled “Song of the Sabbath”, and the anomaly the writer uses is so enlightening. The revelation from the Bible amazes me daily. The reason I quoted Romans is that if you don’t read the Word of God your Faith won’t grow and you won’t receive revelation.
The design of nature fascinates me. Think of the two tree referred to in the commentary. Palm and the Cedar tree. Both trees but vastly different and produce different fruit. There look are completely different. It reminds how unique we are as humans, different talents, and together we make up the world. As Christians, we make up the Body of Christ the Church. The collective talents are working together to spread the Gospel.
The second reference is also interesting to me. Society and each of us need strength, guidance and example in our lives. We all have those moments when we need to look at someone to guide. As trees stand tall and unwavering in the wind and elements, heat snow etc. Christian lead that same example. Through Faith, they stand against the storms and winds of life. Have you ever been in a position you meet someone, and you think I want what he has. To find out he is Christian. The strength and peace he radiates comes from God through Faith.
It is so refreshing to meet them as refreshing it is when seeking refreshment from heat in the shade of trees. The branches and canopy can even protect you from the rain.
Like the commentator says trees grow old and most times do a better job of protecting then. It is the same with older people there wisdom spreads further longer and more intricate. The Christian in turn not only through age but through Bible study and hearing the Word of God learns quicker and has more to give. That’s why the reference to Romans.
So there is nothing wrong with relying on others for wisdom and guidance.
“Lord, I pray that Your wisdom touches others. Let me be that tree for others. Amen.”