This Month's Promise

“...As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

- (Joshua 24:15)

Read: Psalm 92: 12-15


“Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.” (Proverbs 16: 31)

In this modern age people hide their age in many ways. They cover up their gray hair using hair dye. They use beauty treatments, apply cosmetics and lotions that would change their appearances and make them look young. But whether we like it or not, the process of aging goes on. No one can stop it. Yet no matter how old we grow, we ought to continue growing in the Lord. Psalm 92: 12-14 says, “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree. They will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.”

In this passage first of all God wants the righteous to be like palm trees, planted in the house of the Lord. We must abide in Christ, and our roots should be in Him. In other words, we must be rooted in Him. What a tragedy it is to get older and move into the world and to sin; abandoning what we have learned from the Word of God! Secondly, God wants us also to be productive. We have to be fruitful trees to the glory of God. Palm trees stand firm and unmoved even during storms and wind. The wind that breaks other trees might bend the palm tree, but then it comes back to its original form. Palm trees have roots that go down deep to draw up the water in the desert area. They can survive when other trees die due to droughts. And palm trees just keep on producing fruit. The fruit does not decrease, it gets better and sweeter! Thirdly, God wants us to be proclaiming His glory - we need to proclaim, “The Lord is upright; He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him.” (Psalm 92: 15) When some people grow old, they get grouchy, mean and critical. Let us not be like that. Let us allow our roots to grow deep to draw nourishment from God’s hidden spiritual resources. Dear friends, in your old age, are you feeding on the Word of God daily? Are you producing fruit and bringing glory to Him? Are you flourishing and feeding others as well?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, let me be like a palm tree. Let me abide in Your Word. Let me take root in You. Let me be productive even in seasons of drought, and let me proclaim Your goodness to the younger generation. Let me not fall in this sinful world. Amen.