FridayApril 17, 2015

Daily Devotional

Flourishing

By: Pastor Ed Young

Posted: April 17, 2015

From Series: Breath

In Topics: All, Obedience, Serving

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But I am like an olive tree, flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever. I will praise You forever for what You have done; in Your name I will hope, for Your name is good. I will praise You in the presence of Your saints.” Psalm 52:8-9

Think

We all have places, things, and people that make us flourish. Maybe it’s a long bike ride on the weekend or a busy dinner with friends that brings out the best in us. The writer in Psalm 52 teaches us how to really flourish in the long-term through a description that shows us what true love and faith look like. But how does the trusting and hoping in God play out practically in your life?

Take the sequoia tree, for example. They are the giants of forestry. They also live long lives; the oldest is over 2,500 years old! But if you research this tree, you’ll learn it doesn’t stand alone. It lives alongside other sequoia trees its entire life. That’s exactly how we can learn to flourish.

Plant your roots deep in God’s House and you’ll find how easily it can be to grow in the your relationship with Christ, surrounded by others who are planting deep roots as well.

Pray

Thank God that He has given us a place, the local church, to grow tall and strong. Ask Him to encourage you to stay the storm with your roots planted when things get challenging.

Act

Read Psalm 52 in its entirety. What are other differences do you see made between the evil and the righteous?