'...They will flourish in the courts of our God.' Psalm 92:13 NIV
Little actions can tell a big story. Cutting in front of a driver who instantly goes ballistic, honking and swearing at you, tells you they weren’t exactly a rose–garden of peace beforehand. (It doesn’t say much for your driving, either…) Always being the first to be served food and never buying someone else’s coffee send signals to the people around us about what the rest of our character is like. And worse, they’re usually forming an opinion about God through our not–so–handsome character flaws too. Not good. Today’s verse says: ‘The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.’ (Psalm 92:12–13 NIV) Our not–very–Godlike actions aren’t exactly the ‘flourishing’ that He meant. We looked at palm trees yesterday, what about these courts then? Well, a king’s courts were places important people gathered to talk business. They were near enough to the throne room for the king to call in for a word when he wanted. Just like that, God wants us to keep close. If we’re in His ‘courts’, if our business is His business, and we’re regularly popping in for a chat, then we’ll find ourselves flourishing, big time. (And as a lovely little cherry on the flourish–cake, those around us will see something of our King in us too, which is a very good thing). Look up Galatians 5:22–23. This verse gives a list of all the things we can expect to become more like as we draw closer ‘in His courts’. Write them down and stick them up somewhere.
SoulFood: Ex 13-15, John 3:1-8, Ps 23, Prov 26:10-12
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