by Dr. Potter’s wonderful wife, Jennifer
“The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”
Verses 12-15 (ESV)
This is the concluding section of Psalm 92. The entire Psalm is labeled “A Song for the Sabbath” and is another beautiful Psalm deserving of deep contemplation. I hope you will take the time to read it in its entirety and ponder the beauty of its truth.
I wanted to focus upon this last portion for a brief moment because having dealt with the lemons of chronic health issues my own life and in the life of my family, I realize that no matter your age, illness can make you feel a weary hundred and fifty years old at times. You may wonder if your best years have been spent.
This Sabbath Song (rest song) tells me that things are gloriously the opposite for the righteous. Here the picture is one of strong vibrant trees full of vigor. In this Springtime picture, the green hue and flowing sap indicate life abundant and fruit immeasurable. This abundant life is used “to declare that the Lord is upright”! He is glorified in the fruitful works of the righteous- even the aged or infirmed righteous.
So, no matter that I may feel a weary 150 years old. No matter because the righteous flourish when others would languish into insignificance. The righteous- even though sometimes infirmed- flourish to proclaim the righteousness of their God. The lemons of life need not be the only fruit in their lives.