Psalm 92:12-15 (KJV): “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”
COMMENTARY: Throughout the Scriptures and in our own lives, we know of Godly men and women who lived to a ripe old age, and continued to live abundantly fruitful lives until their deaths. We know of others who went off-track and stopped bearing fruit, limping their way into eternity. What’s the difference between those whose lifetimes are a crescendo of faith and fruitfulness, and others whose lifetimes are a decrescendo of doubt and dryness? The answer is found in this passage: being planted in the house of the LORD.
APPLICATION: When you’re old, do you want to be a flourishing palm tree? If so, stay planted in the house of the LORD. Be consistent and faithful, week after week, month after month, year after year.
To the degree that it is in your control, avoid weekend business travel, and go to your local church with your family. If you must be out of town on business, make a commitment to participate in worship services wherever you are. There are plenty of printed and online resources to help you to find a church to go to.
I realize that there are many obstacles, including bosses who don’t appreciate your interest in church, trade show planners who consider Sunday just another work day, and airlines that establish pricing policies that penalize church-goers, but HOLD YOUR GROUND! Show God that He is your God by making Him your #1 priority this weekend, no matter where you are. You’ll be blessed and you’ll be a good example to others.
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV)， read Moral Guidance (Matthew 7) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.