God Makes Us Flourish. But Why?

Cedar of Lebanon

Psalm 92:12-14 is a beautiful description of the blessings that flow from a healthy connection with God.

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. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green…

These are appealing verbs. Flourish. Grow. Planted. Full. The sort of verbs I want to characterize my relationship with my Creator.

But notice the aim behind God’s grace for human flourishing.

They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. (Psa 92:14-15)

Take a deep breath of this God-breathed perspective. Your Creator has planted you to declare his praise. He makes you flourish for the sake of his glory. He makes you full that he might be honored. An entire lifetime’s worth of fruit is to be borne for his renown.

The point? Flourish today. Grow this week. Enjoy fullness for the remainder of your time on this earth. But never forget the God-designed aim behind the blessings.

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