Thursday’s Thought

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God for ever and ever (Psalm 52:8).
This Psalm presents a contrast between those who trust in themselves and those who place their trust in God. Word such as: mischief, deceitfully, evil, lying, devouring, and wickedness are used in this Psalm in description of the one whose faith is in self, not in God. The riches of this world will be left behind in death and destroyed at the end of time. If our trust, faith and hope is in self – it is short lived, because we are short lived.
While each Psalm stands on its own, interestingly, this Psalm is sandwiched between a Psalm wherein the psalmist recognized his sin and desires forgiveness (Psalm 51) and a Psalm which states: The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God (Psalm 53:1).
The prophet Isaiah stated that sin separates us from God. We remember that God is the giver of life and to be separated from God is to be separated from life. But, the psalmist realized that true life is found only in God: “a green olive tree in the house of God.” Thirty six verses of the Bible have both of the words: life and death. Moses recorded two times in one chapter that God had set life and death before His people and He desired for them to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:15, 19).
God, who created all things, knows where life is found and He wants man to have life. In this life, through God, we can have the abundant life, but more importantly, we can have life eternal. God places before us, life and death, choose life.