12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, "The LORD is upright; He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him."
The Righteous will Flourish
The word “righteous” is not a word that is used very commonly to describe a person. Somehow, we shy away from it. We don’t mind descriptions like kind, compassionate, or good person. But to describe someone as a righteous person just doesn’t appear in our daily conversation.
But the Bible uses the word a lot. And God calls His people righteous. So, do you want to be a righteous person? You better be. Because to be righteous is the opposite of being wicked. That’s why the wisdom literatures in the Bible constantly compare and contrast between the two. Even in this Psalm 92, there is a contrast between the two.
6 The senseless man does not know, fools do not understand,
7 that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed.
“senseless” and “fools” do not refer to a man’s intellectual and mental capacity, rather they refer to spiritual and moral capacity.
Psalm 14:1 The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."
What is it that the senseless man does not know, fools do not understand?
Psalm 92:7 that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed.
The wicked and evildoers flourish too, but they are like GRASS, which is here today and tomorrow it is gone, destroyed.
Whereas the righteous flourish like a TREE, which is strong and steady for a long, long time.
Do you want to be like tree or like grass?
Do you want to be the righteous or the wicked?
The choice is clear, very clear!
But sadly, many have been led astray to follow the way of the wicked.
The thing is this, the wicked flourishes too! In fact, the ungodly seems to be living a good life. And so, even some believers wonder in their heart, what good is it that I keep the faith? Is there really a difference between the godly and the ungodly?
Is there a difference? Definitely so! Although the word flourish can be used of both the righteous and the wicked, it means very differently.
To flourish is to thrive, to increase, to enlarge, to prosper. But there is a Biblical flourishing vs a worldly flourishing.
Worldly flourishing focuses primarily on our material prosperity with its false hope of happiness.
Biblical flourishing is holistic, encompasses all of our being - spirit, soul and body.
Worldly flourishing is like grass, fragile and weak, temporal and unreliable.
Biblical flourishing is like tree, strong and steady, long-lasting and dependable.
Worldly flourishing is prospering on the outside but bankrupt on the inside.
Biblical flourishing is prospering on the inside and overflows in blessings to the outside.
3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
God desires that you flourish and prosper in all areas, including your physical health, JUST AS your soul prospers.
Biblical flourishing starts from the inside out. Flourish spiritually and inwardly, and it will overflow outwardly to all other areas of your life: physically, emotionally, financially.
When you flourish according to God’s way, the Bible way, Psalm 92:14 says that two things will happen, “They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.”
Even in your old age, you will stay FRESH and evergreen. You are healthy, full of vitality, able to bear FRUIT. Your life will be fruitful firstly in the fruit of the Spirit, which speaks of your Christian character and conduct. Secondly, fruitful in the work of the Lord, which speaks of your Christian ministry and service.
Flourish, fresh, fruitful, is that the description of your life?
What is the secret?
Psalm 92:13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
Planted – that means take root downward and bear fruit upward.
Where? In the house of the Lord, in the courts of our God, which speaks of the church.
The traditional African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” is certainly true spiritually. It takes a church to raise a child of God. Believing in Christ is an individual, personal decision. Living the Christian life is a community, public dedication.
Principles of Flourishing:
1. Converted in Salvation
2. Cultivated in Growth
3. Connected in Relationship
4. Committed in Ministry & Missions
5. Consecrated in Worship
The wicked will perish like grass, while the righteous will flourish like tree in the house of the Lord!
Let’s personalize this Scriptural passage:
I am the righteous of the Lord.
I will flourish like a palm tree, I will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
I am planted in the house of the LORD, I will flourish in the courts of my God.
I will still bear fruit in old age, I will stay fresh and green,
I am proclaiming, "The LORD is upright; He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him."
Let’s declare it together as a church:
We are the righteous of the Lord.
We will flourish like a palm tree, we will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
We are planted in the house of the LORD, we will flourish in the courts of our God.
We will still bear fruit in old age, we will stay fresh and green,
We are proclaiming, "The LORD is upright; He is our Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him."
Amen and Amen!