Saturday, June 27, 2015

Devotional Thought : Psalm 52:8

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. Psalm 52:8

David understood he had not achieved spiritual maturity, but rather he was engaged in a process of growing like an olive tree. Even more than growing he was flourishing as he trusted God.

Olive trees are very resilient. They can survive and produce fruit even in harsh conditions such as hot, cold, dry, wet, rocky or sandy environments. It is believed that you can't kill an olive tree since they live for thousands of years. When olive trees are cut down and even burned, new shoots will emerge from the roots. Therefore olive trees are the perfect picture of faithfulness and persistence.

When David was looking for a simile for his relationship with the Lord he chose the olive tree. It pictured the necessity of being faithful to God and his purposes as well as persistence even in difficult circumstances. David had his fair share of difficult circumstances. Psalm 52 was written when David was fleeing from Saul who wanted to kill him.

David found that even while his situation was not conducive, he could still, not only grow in this relationship with God, but flourish. Wherever he was he could trust in God's unfailing love. This enabled David to feel safe despite being pursued by enemies with murderous intent.

Are we growing like olive trees? Or are we waiting for more favourable conditions? Perhaps when we have more time to read the Bible and pray. Perhaps when we are less stressed and have ourselves better organized.

However, the opportunity to tap into God's unfailing love is always available. We can focus on God's love and we can grow. And not just grow but flourish.

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