Psalm 92:12 - 15 “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."
Psalm 92 starts with singing praises to God for His love, His righteousness, His deeds and the works of His hands. When we focus on these characteristics and the outflow of blessing that comes from them, our mouths simply will be filled with praise for Him. Not only that it keeps God the center of our attention and our experiences in right relationship to the awesomeness of God.
Singing His praise has many benefits to us. Time magazine online published an article called Singing Changes Your Brain by Stacy Horn August 2013 on the effects of singing. She said: ”What researchers are beginning to discover is that singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits.” Hmm! Interesting! She also said: “Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins.”
Today scientists are proving what God’s people knew thousands of years ago. The psalmist says in the highlighted scripture that the righteous will flourish in the courts of God. Psalm 22:3 states: “Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.” The word “enthroned” in the Greek means to dwell, to remain or to sit. So this psalm is saying God dwells in the midst of our praise. Where He is, His court is and there we will flourish.
Not only will we flourish but we will bear fruit as we will stay fresh and green. Many people approach old age with dread. They don’t expect to accomplish anything. They do expect to deteriorate physically, mentally and emotionally. But those who believe in Him can expect to be fruitful. Moses led the nation of Israel from his 80th year to his 120th year. Caleb and Joshua led the nation into conquering the land after they were 80. Caleb went up and took the hill country where the giants lived. He was not incapacitated. He said to Joshua in Joshua 14 “now behold, I am eighty-five years old today. "I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in. "Now then, give me this hill country about which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the LORD will be with me, and I will drive them out as the LORD has spoken." (Verses 10 – 12)
Hallelujah! Isn’t this the way you want to finish the race we call life. He entered into the promises of God and had victory. He flourished at 85 and was fruitful. Our “golden years” can be our most inspirational years in leading others. They can see we did it, that we believed His promises and that we prospered. If we can do it, they will know they can.
Prayer: “Father, thank you that you are enthroned upon my praises. As I lift up my voice in song to praise you I will flourish and prosper and be fruitful. Guide me as you guided Caleb to fulfil the destiny he had in his heart all those years before. Revive my dreams, my vision and my destiny in Jesus’ name. Amen!”