Morning Prayer: Flourishing in God’s Presence

A first century boat found in 1986 in the Sea of Galilee

Passage: Psalm 52

8 But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
9 For what you have done I will always praise you
      in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
      for your name is good.

Reflect: David writes this psalm on the occasion of Doeg the Edomite telling Saul that he had taken refuge with Ahimelek the priest. Saul later ordered Doeg to massacre Ahimelek and his kin. Eighty-five died that day. Only one escaped. I think David is comparing himself to Doeg in these verses.

David is aware of God’s great and gracious works on his behalf, and so expresses continual praise to Him together with the rest of God’s people.

Respond: Like David, I long to be like an olive tree that flourishes in God’s house. I want to be so at home with God that His life is at home in me and and flows into every thought, word and deed. I desire to live in simpler, deeper trust in the unfailing love of the Father for me today.

Flourishing in God’s house. Flourishing in God’s unfailing love. Flourishing because of His faithful work for my good. Flourishing in hope. Enable me to flourish and be fruitful for Your purposes.

Rest: “Flourishing in the house of God.”

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