“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord , they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
All of God’s promises are good, true and positive (2 Corinthians 1:20) and this one is outstanding! He promises abundant growth to the righteous! He compares the righteous to a palm tree-a tree that springs up without having to be planted, nurtured or mantained-it just grows or to a Lebanon cedar-one of the tallest, beautiful and useful in trees in the world. He says that the righteous will flourish like that! These trees will bear fruit well into old age, staying fresh and green!
Finally, their (rightous) proclaimation will be about the goodness of God: “The Lord is upright; He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him”!
The qualifications for the “righteous”, who stand to recieve these promises are similar to their description of God, Himself-He is Upright, just like the righteous. He is my Rock, just like the steadfastness of the Righteous! He is without wickedness, just like the righteous! After all, the definition of righteous is “right standing with God”! So, how do we become that? Only through the blood of Jesus!
Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for our sin because He was the only one perfect enough to do so. So when we accept Him as Savoir, we’re accepting the fact that He paid that price for us because we are unqualifued to do so! In accepting Him as Savoir, we’re also taking on His righteousness-literally trading it for our sin, which is what He became on the cross. So, now when God looks at us, He sees Jesus’ righteouaness, covering us, thus we become eligible to flourish like those unplanted trees that “spring up in the courts of our God”!
Become righteous today, simply by crying out to Jesus!
Think about it!