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.