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. In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap, showing the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
I love this Psalm. I have always had a deep appreciation of the elders. This appreciation grows even faster as I quickly approach elder status myself. Most of the "crowns of glory" I am surrounded by are still fruitful. They work day in and day out to do what God has called them to do. The majesty in which they flourish and bear fruit is a testament to God's goodness. This fruitfulness does not come from an abstract unidentifiable place. It is directly related to how long and consistent they have been "planted in the house of the Lord.” Because they are planted in God's house, they naturally "flourish in the courts of our God! Whatever season we are in in our lives God wants us to bear fruit. We ensure this by staying planted in God's House.
Lord I thank you for planting me in your house. May I flourish in your courts all the days of my life. Lord even in my old age bless me to bear fruit for you. Fruit of patience, love, mercy, grace, justice, worship, and praise. In Jesus name.
Questions for Meditation
Am I in position or am I currently bearing fruit in my old age?
What does being planted in the house of the Lord look like at Bethel?
How can I flourish in the long term and make God proud?