Floundering or Flourishing?
"Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing…." Psalm 92:13-14, NKJV
The Lord wants us to flourish and bring forth fruit all of our days! We've watched it over the years…those who are planted in God's priorities – namely His Church – flourish; those who aren't, sometimes flounder.
The big keyword is: planted. It seems to be important to the Lord that we are planted in a local church where Jesus is exalted, the Word is taught, the Holy Spirit is present and a spirit of faith and love prevail. In that house…Jesus does amazing things…namely causing His people to flourish! To be planted in the house of the Lord by definition requires a strong root system of humility, submission, commitment, loyalty, trust and forgiveness. To stay planted requires a willingness to serve, overcome offenses and exercise endurance.
Being planted in the house of the Lord is for OUR benefit. In the same way that the ark was Noah's vehicle for divine protection, the Church is our vehicle for divine flourishing! Jesus loves the Church and has obligated Himself to care it in the same way that a husband cares for his wife. Those who are planted in His Church flourish – they are washed by the Word, cherished, enriched, nourished, strengthened, blessed and loved by Him!
Today, are you flourishing or floundering? Are you planted – with unmovable roots – in a local church? If so, you can expect to flourish for a long time – even in your old age!
"Jesus, I choose to be planted in the house of the Lord… help my roots go deep in You and Your purposes. I believe You love Your Church – that includes me and all those who make up the church – like a husband loves his wife. I am so thankful that You love, cherish, nourish and wash me with Your Word. I will bloom where I am planted and I declare that I will be fruitful, fresh and flourishing until I am old and gray. In Jesus’ Name. Amen."