Psalm 81, 88, 92, 93: Grass and Trees

I love the comparison that we are presented with in Psalm 92. See if you catch it:

5 How great are your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very odeep!
6 The stupid man cannot know;
the fool cannot understand this:
7 that though the wicked sprout like grass
and all evildoers flourish
,
they are doomed to destruction forever;
8 but you, O Lord, are on high forever.
9 For behold, your enemies, O Lord,
for behold, your enemies shall perish;
all evildoers shall be scattered.
10 But you have exalted my thorn like that of the wild ox;
you have poured over me fresh oil.
11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
15 to declare that the Lord is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Do you see it? The wicked are like grass, they sprout up quickly and are destroyed, but the righteous are like mighty trees that continue bearing fruit year upon year. This passage should bring us great encouragement. Many times we feel as though evil has the upper hand. There are tornados and terrorist attacks, cancer and divorce, but all these are like grass. They flourish for a season and then are destroyed forever, but those who put their hope in Christ will grow like deep-rooted, fruit-ladden trees, enduring year upon year, tended by our eternal Gardener, who prunes us and shapes us and causes us to grow. And, as verse 15 says, we will live to declare his righteousness for all eternity.

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