The Olive Tree

Posted: November 4, 2014 in psalms

olive treeA Christian is being compared to an olive tree. This one is specific. It’s not just a tree, or a plant, but something that grows in abundance in the Palestine area (hey…they have the mount of olives!) This is a tree that could live up to a thousand and still bear fruit. If you cut it down, the shoot of its roots continue to grow, ensuring its existence. On the outside, the olive tree looks ugly but when the season of harvesting comes, it litters the area of its fruits. (Easton’s Bible Dictionary)

Aren’t we living like an olive tree?

The next observation I have is that the psalmist says “flourishing in the house of God”. The olive tree flourishes in the area near the water. As a Christian, we too flourish when we are in our natural environment, which is with God. When we are in His house, we bloom. That is why I don’t believe in Christians who are bench warmers in the church. We are to flourish in our own house!

The reason for the psalmist in flourishing is found in the next line…

I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.

He does not flourish on his own merits but because of the love of God. He does not bear fruit on his own but because of God. When the season of storms and drought comes, we can trust in God’s unfailing love…his faithfulness that He would keep us, that He would be there with us.

Can we come to a point of saying…I trust You God, no matter what comes my way?

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Father, make me like an olive tree. Make me flourish in where you have planted me. Set my heart to trust you in spite of what I am facing. In Christ name we pray, amen.

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