Topic: Planted To Flourish [DCLM Daily Manna Friday February 23rd, 2018]
Text: Psalm 92:1-15 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God”(Psalm 92:13).
There are marked differences between weeds and plants. The most noticeable of these is the fact that weeds are free- growing whereas plants are planted and cultivated. Weeds are often invasive and attain rapid growth but are undesirable. Plants, on the other hand, are delicate and are painstakingly nurtured to bear desirable fruits or for their aesthetic, therapeutic or other values.
This horticultural reality aptly illustrates the contrast between the unrighteous and the righteous. Today’s text highlights this contrast in a most graphic way.
The ungodly are very much like weeds. They may spring up as rapidly as grass and flourish outwardly like summer flower, but “it is that they shall be destroyed forever.” In contrast, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” The righteous may not attain the rapid growth of weeds but he grows gracefully, steadily and enduringly towards God like the palm tree. Like the cedar, they are stable, incorruptible and fruitful. The righteous is God’s tree planted on the best of soils – the house of the Lord – where he is nurtured on His rich counsel, care and comfort. No wonder he continues to bear fruit even in old age.
Are you a weed or plant? On what soil is your life planted? Are you rooted in the vanities and wickedness of this world or in the rich soil of God’s grace and fellowship? If you are not yet planted on this rich soil of grace, get that done through repentance and faith in Christ. And if you are already “planted,” consecrate to God for more growth and fruitfulness.
Thought For The Day: It doesn’t matter where else you flourish if it is not in the house of God.
Bible Reading in a Year: Numbers 1-2.
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.