Ps 52:8 But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.

David’s dilemma here is anger at Doeg and all those who try to grow strong by destroying others. Destroying others not only breaks the ties that hold society together, but also breaks down personal relationships.

            The olive tree is used as an analogy of a long and hardy life. Even in the harshest of environments it remains green and fruitful. The fruit is life-enriching and life-sustaining, satisfying our body with many necessary nutrients.

            I want to be an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. My roots are deeply enriched by the soil of God’s word. My trunk is thick (maybe too thick) and strong enough to hold all the branches of my life through constant fellowship with Him. Hopefully, my branches are heavily laden with fruit that is produced by his nurturing love and through his work in me. Trusting in God’s unfailing love is the only way to maintain the roots, branches and fruit of your tree.

            When you tear down, it is inevitable that you will be torn down also. God wants us to build up, not only ourselves but also our relationships with others. Build up and bear fruit for God. 

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