GROW OR GROAN VI
“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” – Psalm 92:12-15
From our text today, the righteous has a supernatural heritage to flourish and to grow. It is instructive from scriptural perspective that growth demands righteousness. Accepting responsibility to do the work of righteousness is accepting responsibility to grow. Psalm 15:2; Isaiah 32:17.
Our text identifies the righteous (among others) as those that be planted in the house of the Lord that shall flourish in the courts of our God. To be planted literarily means to be fixed in a specific location. To be fixed in the house of God is to be positioned on a spiritual platform for growth. The house of the Lord is a place for spiritual growth because the house of the Lord is a place for spiritual understanding and spiritual understanding is a necessity for spiritual growth. The Bible says:
“Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.” – Psalm 73:17
The Bible also says:
“For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” – Hebrews 5:13-14
Attending Church regularly is being planted in the house of the Lord which exposes one to spiritual understanding which in turn facilitates righteousness; the righteous is ordained to grow. The farther one is away from the house of the Lord, the farther one is away from growth. Other primary growth factors that “reside” in the house of the Lord are; prayer and the word of God.
Many believers of this generation will rather go to work, rest at home to watch messages even on Sundays than to go to Church. Some will get to church late and hurry out before the end of the service to catch a “very important” appointment; more important than “the church thing”. If you care to check, the individual might have been late to church because of some mundane thing and rushed out of church to catch that “very important appointment” that does not really add value to his/her life.
Friends, getting planted in the house of the Lord is not negotiable if we must be righteous; righteousness is not an option if we need to grow; growing is a must if we will not groan. You will not groan. Groaning is not God’s plan but growing is the antidote!
Scriptures for meditation: John 17:17; Hebrews 10:25
Jesus is Lord!