This is not normally how I think of a palm tree! Palm trees are usually associated with warm balmy climates. Seeing a palm tree often brings to mind vacation spots where life is relaxed. These palm trees in Saudi Arabia were likely surprised to find themselves covered in snow! But they weathered the cold wet stuff with no problem.
Today’s verse describes the righteous as flourishing like a palm tree. And flourish is a great description of what these stately trees do as some species grow to 60 meters high.! Their leaves are said to be the largest of any plant at 25 meters long and 3 meters wide. And some of their species have the largest seeds of any plant weighing 15-30 kilos each.
The righteous one when planted in the house of the Lord, can expect this kind of growth, flourishing in the courts of our God (verse 13). But we do not grow like the palm tree when we are planted in the world. The soil there is toxic. We need to be rooted and grounded in His love and grace because we are not righteous on our own. Our righteousness comes from faith in Christ.
That crisis in my life can feel just like a cold shock. My body stiffens and my eyes grow wide with it. But even when that unexpected cold front dumps snow on me I can still flourish because of Him. He keeps me strong and rooted. I am in His courts and there is no better place to be! Better is one day there than a thousand elsewhere! (Psalm 84:10)
Keep me flourishing, Lord. Keep me near You.