Psalm 92: I am planted like a palm tree, oh God.

(Unless otherwise cited the scriptures in devotional are from the King James Version of the Bible published by Biblegateway.com)

Context

The psalmist utilizes this psalm to encourage the people to praise God.

I will praise you, oh God

1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.

The people of God offer “thanks” to Him for what He has given them. The scripture implies verbal, public acknowledgment of God’s goodness (Ps 107:21-22; Col. 3:17; 1 Thess. 1:2; 1 Tim. 1:12; Philem. verse 4). God’s people have hearts that are filled with praise or Him. We praise Him n the good times and the challenging times. This scripture infers that there are harps in heaven so I would think we should start praticsing singing with them here on earth. No musical instrument is evil in and of itself. It is how we use the instrument that can either be evil or good. An instrument is just a tool for our use.

Great are your works, oh Lord.

For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:

We sing praises to glorify God for the work of his hand – creation week, for the trials and troubles that He has delivered us from and brought us through. A man who does not comprehend the enormity of God’s grace is like a fool. Foolish people tend to believe that who and what they are in this life redeems them from the judgment to come before the next life. So, believing brother and sister we do not have to worry about being destroyed forever. In this flesh know that “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.” (James 5:13). Because God keeps his promises.

Hebrews 2:6 ” But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

Man is someone to fellowship with God. It is not because we are glorified, but it is because He alone should be glorified and when he is mindful of us and completes his work in us he is glorified.

Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Man was created to glorify god.

You have defeated our enemies

8 But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore. 9 For, lo, thine enemies, O Lord, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. 10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of a unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. 11 Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.

The Lord our God is a mighty God and His enemies are our enemies and our enemies are His enemies too. His enemies do not have a single chance of winning any battles against Him. It does not matter if the battle is spiritual of physical they will lose. (Pss 23:5; 45:7; Prov. 27:9; Isa. 61:3).

We are planted in the house of the Lord

12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; 15 To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

We have to know where we are planted and who planted us there. It can be disastrous if forget who planted and where we were planted. Trust me when I tell you that. Before 2013, In my professional career, I have never sought a position without God planting me there. In 2013 when I made the decision on my own it proved to be disastrous. God did not want me where I decided to plant myself. He did not give me talents to be squandered or used for the benefit of whomever I sought. I was supposed to serve the poor but from a specific location and organization. I lot it all when I determined that I would do it my way. I didn’t want to deal with the issues. I forgot that I didn’t have to. I didn’t want to deal with all of the ongoing drama, I forgot that I didn’t have to. God would deal with it for me. here am I now? Back in my old school district as a school board member. Oh, no the salary that I make in that position is not even 1/10th of what I made when I worked fulltime. But, I am serving the fatherless, the widowed, and the impoverished. That has been my professional calling, even in a school where the perceived affluent lived. There where outcasts there, who were needed in the ministry when they became adults.

Psalm 92:13 “Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.”

A tree planted in the courtyard of the temple of God was a symbol for the spriitual life of those who were thriving because of there relationship with the Lord.

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.

Psalm 52:8 KJV

This is just speaking of being grounded and rooted in the Lord. Christians, who spend their time in the presence of God, grow mightily and produce much fruit.

Psalm 92:14 “They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;”

When other trees are old they cease to bear fruit. But not so for the righteous. Just look at the witness of Abraham, Job, David, Zachariah, and Elisabeth, and good old Simeon, who went to the grave still witnessing for YHYH. Age should not determine the vigor of our service for the Lord. The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows. Moses was 80 years old when God called him. As long as your mind is functional, you can win souls for the harvest.

Psalm 92:15 “To show that the LORD [is] upright: [he is] my rock, and [there is] no unrighteousness in him.”

When I righteously glorify God with all that I am and have it shows that He is the righteous one. There is no righteousness in me without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.He is my Rock”: The psalmist calls YHWH his Rock because YHWH is the source of his strength and stability. The psalmist, as do all righteous persons, thank God for saving him from his enemies. Today our enemies are physical and spiritual. We are engaged in spiritual warfare every second of every day. Who are also God’s enemies? Anyone and or anything that glorifies itself and denies God as the giver of all good gifts. God’s works as well as his astounding thoughts, deserve our highest praise.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

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