PSALM 91:1-2; 92:12-15
Believers are not immune to life’s difficulties, but they are able to flourish in spite of them.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
The psalmist likens the righteous to palm trees that are uniquely suited to withstand storms. When buffeted by hurricane force winds, they bend almost double without snapping. After the storm when other trees lay on the ground uprooted or split, the palm tree still stands tall.
With God’s help, you can not only be resilient when facing the storms of life, but also a testimony to God’s great faithfulness—even in the most challenging times.
IMAGE: Palm Trees in Gan haShlosha (Sakhne) National Park near Beit Shean, Israel.By Grauesel (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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