HESED: Which means LOVE
Associated reading: Isaiah 54:10American Standard Version (ASV)
Spiritual Life Cycle: Youth and Old Age, fruits and cedar trees.
Psalm 92:12-14Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
12 The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].
13 Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].
Recently in my church we’ve been discussing how our youth are rising up not only in church with responsibilities but spiritually. Our focus has been on strengthening them, encouraging them and guiding them in their spiritual walks and in their fleshly walk. We do not necessarily tell them what they should could or can’t do in the flesh but what we do is constantly share our life experiences, our spiritual encounters in our walks and let them deduce from there. We try to lead by example and share as often as we can.
We try to give biblically sound advice and make suggestions as needed. All in all the youth are doing amazing works for God. They are volunteering in school, they are volunteering in church, they are helping around in church, they are actively engaged in all the programs and services. It’s such a beautiful sight to see such strong, determined group of kids.
Now the older generation before them, we have experience to our advantage and we have had the help and guidance from the generations before us. So as we are looking at our children grow spiritually we can understand how proud our elders before us are of us. We are in their shoes right now when we were our kids age.
We are now firmly planted like the cedar tree in verse 12 of this psalm (The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon). Those who walk the walk will be strong and healthy like this cedar tree. And it’s like this cedar tree as we look at verse 13-14 will bear fruits.
Right now we are witnessing our fruits begin to flourish. They are growing and will need guidance to one day become Cedar trees so that their fruits can flourish. Glory to God for such an amazing spiritual life cycle.
Though in the flesh the older we get the weaker we physically become. The psalmist here is speaking of spiritual strength, spiritual growth and spiritual fruits. I may be physically weakening due to age, health complications etc, but my faith, my faith will need to be sound to be able to edify those coming after me.
Being like the cedar tree is basically saying we are planted within the lord. Our soul, our faith our belief, our want is to be in sync with the lord. We want to be in his presence. We want to feel his presence, we want to ensure that the path we are taking is pleasing to our lord. That we are enriching our soul as we still continue to grow and still continue to plant fruits.
Do not feel that the older one gets the less your are needed. The older generations in our church has taught even the babies that we are a church where all the generations help, serve, praise, break bread and enjoy our spiritual and carnal successes together as one body, one family.
Though we are growing older and the torches are being passed down does not mean that we are done with our service and servitude. This just means that we need to let the younger ones take the lead and guide them so they can be firmly planted.
They need to be firmly planted so they can bear fruits. They need to be firmly planted so that when we become elders they can see that we’ve paved a way for them, set an example for them and so they know we will always have their backs, in the same manner our elders currently have ours.
Father God I come before you giving you thanks and praise for all that had happened in my spiritual course. I thank you for your love and your compassion. I thank you for my church and all of its congregants. I thank you for our pillars of cedar trees whom are firmly planted and have bore fruits in my generation. I thank you for their love, words of wisdom and their encouragement. I thank you for my roots being planted and the fruits we as a church are bearing. We are on the road to being firmly planted cedar trees bearing fruits with the next generation. I ask for your continued guidance lord. I ask for your wisdom. I ask for you to continue to lead us in the direction to properly lead the next generation so they too can bear fruits and become cedar trees. I ask that you guide us as we too become elders one day. May this tradition of each generation caring, aiding, supporting and assisting the next continue at IPj. Lord I love you. Lord Thank you. In the name of the father, son and Holy Spirit amen.