Fresh Hope – 22nd June 2020

The winds of adversity have been beating on the world for several weeks now and there have been many casualties in so many ways. As we enter a brand new week with all of its challenges, and of course its opportunities, I want to encourage you to stay strong as I remind you of just 4 verses from 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.’
Draw strength today from these simple yet profound words… ‘The righteous will flourish like a palm tree…’

  1. You can cut it, but you can’t kill it! The minerals and nutrients most trees need to survive are found on the surface, just below the bark. When you cut them, they die. But not so with the palm tree. Its life comes from within, so it flourishes even under attack.

2. It will bend, but it won’t break. Tropical winds can blow most trees away, but not the palm tree. The stronger the wind, the further it bends, sometimes all the way to the ground. Yet when the storm ceases, it straightens up again and is actually stronger in the place where it bent. What a picture! We were made to bend, but not break, because God gives us the strength to endure.

3. Its depth always exceeds its height. While the roots of the average tree go only a metre or so under the ground, the palm tree’s roots can go down hundreds of metres in search of water. Psalm 42:1-2 ‘As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…’ When you put your roots down deep in your relationship with God, there’s no guarantee that you won’t get blown around, but you’ll certainly never get blown away.

Joshua 1:7-9 ‘Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’

Pastor Mark

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