Flourish

Key Texts: 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.”

These few verses in the middle of the Book of Psalms are so easily overlooked – but they are so significant.

Look at what is promised for those who are called righteous in God’s kingdom.

Does it say the righteous will be

  • Powerful
  • Rich
  • Beautiful
  • Envied by others
  • Or any of the things so many covet in this world?

Nope.

But it does say this…

The righteous will

  • Flourish
  • Grow
  • Bear fruit, even in old age
  • And stay fresh and green

That, it seems to me, is a tremendous promise – worth far more than worldly fame, power, or riches.

As Jesus would say,

Seek first the kingdom of God and righteousness –  and you will flourish – for all eternity.

Sounds like the good life to me.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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