Verse 1 – It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
Verse 2 – To declare Your loving-kindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night,
Verse 3 – On an instrument of ten strings, on the lute, and on the harp, with harmonious sound.
Do you thank God every day for what you have; what He has brought you through and what He’s about to do? When we become grateful to the One who controls it all, it will make us more gracious and humble to others. He’s worthy to be praised.
Verse 4 – For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands.
Verse 5 – O Lord, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep.
Verse 6 – A senseless man does not know, nor does a fool understand this.
A few times in the Bible, God tells us who the fool is – Psalm 14:1 – the fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” The word fool is used 71 times in the Book of Proverbs alone. The Hebrew word for fool is “Nabal.” It basically means, with no sense, why, because he says there is no God and if they say there is no God then they have no understanding of Him.
Verse 7 – When the wicked spring up like grass, and when all workers of iniquity flourish, it is that they may be destroyed forever.
The wicked and evil doers will experience eternal destruction.
Verse 8 – But You, Lord, are on high forevermore.
Verse 9 – For behold, Your enemies, O Lord, for behold, Your enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
Verse 10 – But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.
Verse 11 – My eye also has seen my desire on my enemies; my ears hear my desire on the wicked who rise up against me.
God is a God of justice. The psalmist knew that the wicked would be punished.
Verse 12 – The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Verse 13 – Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Palm trees are strong and live long. The cedars of Lebanon grow to 120 feet high and up to 30 feet in circumference, solid, strong, and immovable. The believer who stays in the House of God, attached, connected, will grow strong and immovable.
Verse 14 – They shall bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing,
Verse 15 – To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
Old age doesn’t have to diminish our capacity to bear fruit. In fact, the older believers have life – long experiences of what God has done in their lives, that the young can learn from.
Read the entire 15th chapter of John. John 15:5 – ” I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
The strength of the righteous comes when we stay attached to Christ. The enemy may prosper those who are not in Christ, but they are destroyed in the end. But the prosperity of the righteous, endures.
There is no way, no how, anyone can accomplish anything that lasts in this world without Christ Jesus. The Bible says we will flourish and bear “Much fruit!”