14 day plan

Intimacy with God - Part 2

Day 5 of 14


Psalms 52:8

8But I am like an olive tree

flourishing in the house of God;

I trust in God’s unfailing love

for ever and ever.

Reflection:  In Psalm 52:8, the psalm writer has a revelation. He says he is like an olive tree. An olive tree is tough. It flourishes in hot Mediterranean summers. A good olive tree is also fruitful, producing both fruit and oil that is tasty and just a bit luxurious. The psalm writer says he is like that. He is resilient in the tough dry times, and his life is one that flavours other people’s lives with things that are good for them––good, in the most profound way.

Psalm 1:1-3 gives us the reason why such trees are fruitful. It is because they are “watered” by God’s Holy Spirit. (There’s a big hint here: get your roots deep into God’s word and into his presence).

In Psalm 52, the psalmist is almost gleeful. He realises the benefits of wrapping himself in God’s principles and wisdom. They keep him safe and make him fruitful––like an olive tree…as they will for you.

Prayer:  Dear Father, I find myself in a world that is fragile and wounded. Please make me resilient, like an olive tree, so that I might show your grace and truth… and give people hope.

Psalms 52:1-9

Psalm 52

For the director of music. A maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”

1Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?

Why do you boast all day long,

you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?

2You who practice deceit,

your tongue plots destruction;

it is like a sharpened razor.

3You love evil rather than good,

falsehood rather than speaking the truth.

4You love every harmful word,

you deceitful tongue!

5Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:

He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;

he will uproot you from the land of the living.

6The righteous will see and fear;

they will laugh at you, saying,

7“Here now is the man

who did not make God his stronghold

but trusted in his great wealth

and grew strong by destroying others!”

8But I am like an olive tree

flourishing in the house of God;

I trust in God’s unfailing love

for ever and ever.

9For what you have done I will always praise you

in the presence of your faithful people.

And I will hope in your name,

for your name is good.