February 21 Devotional

Psalm 52.8-9 (ESV)

8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. 9 I will thank You forever, because You have done it. I will wait for Your Name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly.

Do you know anything about the olive tree?  You know it produces the olive that we eat in our salads and there are several different varieties and sizes. But the tree has a long history.  It first grew in west Asia then found its way to Israel. The olive tree is a very hearty tree. There are some reported to be several centuries old. If a tree is cut down and the root is left in the ground it will produce five new trunks.

David wasn’t officially the king of Israel when he wrote this Psalm and compared himself to an olive tree in v. 8 and wrote what he will do as an olive tree in the house of God. First he will trust in God’s love. That is, God’s unconditional love. That is the only love God has for us. Imagine, God loves us without any condition tied to it. No matter what sin we have ever committed against Him, He loves us unconditionally. Praise God!!

Second, David was running away from his enemies and God had protected him from harm. He will forever thank God for what He had done. That is such a blessing. God watches over His own like a mother hen watches over her chicks. She always makes sure that her children are well protected from harm. She will even give her life for theirs.

Third, God’s name is good all the time and His people know it. God blesses us beyond anything we can ever imagine. Sometimes we can see these blessings and sometimes we can’t. If we could see those blessings, I believe we would be so surprise how much our God has truly blessed us.

Let us always trust in God’s unconditional love, thank Him for what He has done for us and know God is always good to us, His people.

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