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Daily Word

Psalm 92:12-14 “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in their old age; They shall be flesh and flourishing”.

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree -- we see the beauty, the erectness, the stateliness, usefulness and the growth of a palm-tree palm standing in the midst of dearth and drought of the desert. This is a picture of the godly man flourishing, have a long and useful life in his uprightness and aims alone at the glory of God. The text tells us not only what the righteous is, but what he shall be, and come what may, the good man shall flourish and keep flourishing. O truly indeed, righteous persons who are upright ones in heart and life shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon -- this is another noble and long-lived tree. The cedar waves its mighty branches in perpetual luxuriance, and so the truly godly man under all adversities retains the joy of his soul, and continues to grow stronger and stronger in Christ, go from strength to strength having spiritual strength renewed by Him and their roots in Him. Those who dwell in house of the Lord have constant fellowship with God shall become men flourishing, rich in grace and mighty in influence. Being planted in the house of the Lord -- where their root is, they flourish in the courts of our Lord God - there their branches spread. Those who are planted in the Church of the Living God and are united to God in real and sincere attachment and their flourishing cannot be of a changeable and fluctuating nature, because it is not founded upon anything that is in the world. Their life is hid with Christ in God.

Let believers aim to excel, that they may be eminent and may flourish, and so may adorn our Savior, as flourishing trees adorn the courts of a house. When a tree is planted much depends upon the soil in which it draws its nutrients; everything in our case depends upon our abiding in the Lord Jesus, and deriving all our supplies from Him. If we ever really grow in the courts of the Lord's house we must be planted there, for no tree grows in God's garden self-sown; once planted of the Lord, we shall never be rooted up, but in His courts we shall take root downward, and bring forth fruit upward to His glory forever. Let those who flourish in God's courts give Him the glory. Where nature decays, grace flourishes. As far as nature is concerned, fruit belongs to days of vigor; but in the garden of grace, when plants are weak in themselves, they become strong in the Lord, and abound in fruit acceptable with God. It is by His grace and by His word and by His Spirit that believers receive all the virtue that keeps them alive, and makes them fruitful. Other trees, when old, leave off bearing, but in God's trees the strength of grace does not fail. The last days of the saints are sometimes their best days, and their last work their best work. Grace does not leave the saint when the keepers of the house do tremble; the promise is still sure though the eyes can no longer read it. Blessed be the Lord for this! Though old age naturally tends to death and one who has lived a hundred years is upon the very borders of death, yet in the Kingdom of Christ and in the eyes of the Lord Almighty; a man would be reckoned as flourishing and fruitful and vigor and on the verge of starting a better life, in the sense that after death we have another existence in Heaven full of the joy and everlasting blessedness unimaginable! Glory to GOD!

Let us pray: Our Heavenly Father we thank You, Lord! Your word declares that when we are planted in You, and we grow in You, and bear fruit in You we have never-ending flourishing in You. Thank You Lord for this great assurance in Your word. Lord may You help us to live according to Your word in order to enjoy never-ending blessedness in You. Thank You and in Jesus Christ our Lord name we pray. Amen

Dr. Augustine Ampratwum-Duah
Senior Pastor