“Green Olive Tree”

Psalm 52:7-9

‘See the one who would not take
    refuge in God,
but trusted in abundant riches,
    and sought refuge in wealth!’

But I am like a green olive tree
    in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
    for ever and ever.
I will thank you for ever,
    because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful
    I will proclaim your name, for it is good.

Again we run into our friend the olive tree.  The dove returns to Noah’s ark with an olive branch that says to Noah it is safe to unload the animals from the ark because the waters of the flood have receded.  The olive branch is associated with the Olympics and Greeks.  But what about today?  I turned to the Internet and found an article about “9 Amazing Facts about the Olive Tree.”

         Olive trees are dated to have lived as much as 2000 years: longevity.

         Olive trees start bearing at 5 years and are known to still be bearing at 1,600 years old: prolific.

         Olive trees can survive fire and cold because of their root system: they seem to be indestructible.

         Olive trees survive droughts and do not need to be watered.

         Olive trees give huge yields and perhaps 865 million trees are in the world today.

         Olive trees are thought to have been around for 6,000 years: ancient.      

         Olive oil and branches are used in sacred ceremonies like the Olympics and symbolize abundance, glory and peace: sacred.

         Olives are healthy fruit with antioxidants, fiber and good fat: healthy.

A green olive tree in the house of the Lord is the person who finds refuge in God rather than riches.  Which aspect of the olive tree would you like to see God develop in your life?  Let us join David in thanking and praising God for how he has worked in our lives.

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