This is the ultimate end of those who reject God’s ways, of those who boast of evil, those who lie and plot destructions, those who love evil rather than good.
Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and tear you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh at him, saying,
“Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
and grew strong by destroying others!” (v. 5-7)
Those who trust in their wealth, who refuse to make God their stronghold, who destroy others to feel strong, will be uprooted by God, the righteous judge.
In contrast, the righteous, those who trust in God, will flourish like an olive tree, rooted and stable and producing fruit.
But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. (v. 8)
Where are we putting down roots of trust?
We all trust something.
Do we trust ourselves, our plans, our resources? If we choose to trust ourselves rather than God, we will be easily uprooted.
But if we choose to place our trust in God and His unfailing love, we are rooted and anchored in Him. Psalm 52 describes those who trust in God and find shelter in Him as being like flourishing olive trees. Olive trees can live and produce fruit for hundreds of years.
God’s unfailing love is our stability, our source for a fruitful life.
Paul also wrote of the importance of being rooted in God’s love. He prayed for the Christians at Ephesus to be rooted and established in the love of Christ.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19
Let’s put down roots of faith into God’s unfailing love today.
I will praise you forever for what you have done;
in your name I will hope, for your name is good.
I will praise you in the presence of your saints. (v. 9)
Father, I want to be like an olive tree, rooted and stable and bearing much fruit. Thank You for showing Your unfailing love by sending Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay for my sins. I place my trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.