Reading the Word
Psalm 92:10–15 (ESV)
10 But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; you have poured over me fresh oil. 11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants. 12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, 15 to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Understanding and Applying the Word
Verse 12 states that the “righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” Both of these tree are symbols of strength and vitality (cf. Isaiah 2:13; 65:22; Hosea 14:5–6; Zechariah 11:2). This is a great contrast to the evil, who will be swept away (vv. 9-10). We are also told that these trees are planted in the house of the Lord, which tells us of the nearness to God that the righteous will experience.
This psalm began declaring the praise of the Lord. God is deserving of worship because of his great deeds. As the psalm ends, we are once again reminded of why it is good to praise the Lord. It is God who gives life and gives it abundantly to his people. He is the God who will judge evil and give life to the righteous. The Lord is upright and he is a rock to those who trust in him!
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