“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God” Psalm 52: 8
David is writing this line when he was running away from King Saul like a fugitive. Recently, because of the assistance he provided to David unknowingly, priest Ahimelech and his fellow priests were killed by Saul. Not only that, Nob, the town they lived in was ransacked and all the women, children and cattle were killed. No one was spared.
David was in a pathetic situation. In a single day his fortune has fallen. Hero of Israel who defeated Goliath is now running for his life. Son-in-law of the king is now a fugitive. Resident of the royal palace is now on the road. Anyone helping him even unknowingly is put to death.
It must have been hard for him. He must have been under great stress.
But in this situation he is writing a beautiful line expressing his faith in God and reaffirming his place in God’s house saying, “I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God”.
He knew who he was. He was not allowing the circumstances to define him but he is boldly proclaiming the fact that he is rooted in God and no one would destroy him.
How he was able to say that?
He says, “I trust in God’s unfailing love” (v.8).
He understood the Love of God as unchanging and unfailing. As he focused on unfailing God and not on his changing circumstances, he was able to be strong in faith.
Do we know who we are in Christ?
Are we allowing our circumstances to define who we are?
If we understand who we are in Christ and who God is, we will overcome all the circumstances and be man/woman of faith like David.
P.S: This text of this devotion is also available in https://mcsdevotions.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/flourishing-in-god/