From the Pastor: Curious Comparisons IV
"The righteous will sprout like the palm tree...they will still yield
fruit in old age." Psalm 92:12,14|
The date-palm is so widespread in the Near East it can almost be
regarded as a symbol of that region. In ancient times it was frequently
used as a motif on coins, Roman coins in particular. We all enjoy the
fruit of this palm, even if the original flavour is somewhat lost in the
drying and packing process.
The date-palm provides a threefold simile for the righteous person in
the promise text from Psalm 92, as above:
(ii) The palm grows to fruit-bearing maturity in a mere five years. So
the righteous person will with the proper care and cultivation with
healthy spiritual nutrients begin to bear the fruits of holiness, even
in a harsh environment.
(iii) The date-palm will continue bear fruit when it is 100 years old!
This characterisitc is clearly in the mind of the psalmist in verse 14.
God's sustaining grace in His own will show itself in their whole
demeanour and conduct even when they are old. Though their bodies waste
away, their inner nature is still new and fresh (2 Corinthians 4:16). I have
seen many examples of this.
Are you too like a palm tree?