“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree.” ~ Psalms 92:12
The imagery I have from this scripture is very vivid. I can see a palm tree bent over backwards under the pressure of strong winds from a tropical storm or hurricane. I can see the top of the tree is barely inches off the ground as the base of the tree stays firmly planted into the ground.
When the storm is over, several other types of trees have their limbs sprawled around, are snapped in half or completely ripped from the ground at the roots. Meanwhile the palm tree is standing upright and looking stronger then ever. Actually, the bending of the tree helps strengthen its roots in the ground.
The writer of this Psalm was intentional in using the palm tree as an example of a righteous person because this is what happens to us while going through the rigors of life.
People who do the right thing are often the target of vile opposition. They bear the brunt of their boss and co-workers verbal and professional attacks. Their kindness is taken advantage of by loved ones and friends. Everywhere they turn there seems to be trouble.
But people who do the right things must continue to stay on that path. Because like the Psalm says, they will flourish like the palm tree. When the storms of life and the wrath of their enemies passes, not only will the right standing be stronger, but also better prepared to handle future storms and antagonizing people.
You will learn how to better navigate through the rough moments and when they come, you’ll be better equipped because of your past experiences.
I also believe the good Lord will make your walk more appealing to those watching, thus making you a walking testimony of His greatness and care for those who remain close to Him.
Don’t stop doing what’s right. Your strength depends on it.