Psalm 92

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A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day.           
 1 >  It is a good [thing] to give thanks unto the LORD, and
to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:  
It is good to praise the Lord, and make music to youname, O Most High
 2 >  To show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and  thy
faithfulness every night,  
to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfullness at night,
 3 >  Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery;
upon the harp with a solemn sound.   
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.
 4 > For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will
triumph in the works of thy hands
For you make me glad by your deeds; O Lord; I sing for
joy at the works of your hands.
 5 >  O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very
How great are your works O Lord, how profound your thoughts!
 6 >  A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. The senseless man does not know, fools do not understand
 7 >  When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the
workers of iniquity do flourish; [it is] that they shall be destroyed
for ever:  
that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they
will be forever destroyed
 8 >   But thou, LORD, [art most] high for evermore.   But you, O Lord, are exalted forever.
 9 >   For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies
shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.  
For surely your enemies, O Lord, surely your enemies will perish; all evil 
doers will be scattered
10 >   But my horn shalt thou exalt like [the horn of] an unicorn:
I shall be anointed with fresh oil.  
You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox, fine oils have been poured
upon me
11 >  Mine eye also shall see [my desire] on mine enemies,
and mine ears shall hear
[my desire] of the wicked that rise up against me.
My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout
of my wicked foes.
12 >   The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall
grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like the cedar of Lebanon
13 >   Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall
flourish in the courts of our God.  
planted in the house of the Lord. they will flourish in the courts of my God.
14 >   They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall
be fat and flourishing;  
They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green
15 >   To show that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, & there is no unrighteousness in him. proclaiming. "The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness


      Text  Quoted  in  Spirit of Prophecy                                           
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Ps. 92:12.  {OHC 331.1}
The Christian is likened to the cedar of Lebanon. I have read that this tree does more than send down a few short roots into the yielding loam. It sends strong roots deep down into the earth, and strikes down farther and still farther in search of a still stronger hold. And in the fierce blast of the tempest, it stands firm, held by its network of cables beneath.  {OHC 331.2}


Your experience should not be ten, twenty, or thirty years old, but you should have a daily, living experience, that you may be able to give to each his portion of meat in due season.  Look forward, not backward. Never be obliged to tug at your memory in order to relate some past experience.  What does that amount to today to you or to others?  While you treasure all that is good in your past experience, you want a brighter, fresher experience as you pass along.  Do not boast of what you have done in the past, but show what you can do now.  Let your works and not your words praise you.  Prove the promise of God that "those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.  They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; to shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him" (Ps. 92:13-15).  Keep your heart and mind young by continuous exercise.  --  2SM 221, 222.  {RY 39.3}


                                        Bible Commentary on Psalm 92 

12. A "Palm-tree" Christian.--The palm tree well represents the life of a Christian. It stands upright amid the burning desert sand, and dies not; for it draws its sustenance from the springs of life beneath the surface (RH Sep. 1, 1885).  {3BC 1151.1}
  The Christian a Palm in the Desert.--[Ps. 92:12 quoted.] See the weary traveler toiling over the hot sands of the desert, with no shelter to protect him from the rays of a tropical sun. His water supply fails, and he has nothing to slake his burning thirst. His tongue becomes swollen; he staggers like a drunken man. Visions of home and friends pass before his mind, as he believes himself ready to perish in the terrible desert. Suddenly those in advance send forth a shout of joy. In the distance, looming up out of the dreary, sandy waste, is a palm tree, green and flourishing. Hope quickens his pulses. That which gives vigor and freshness to the palm tree will cool the fevered pulses, and give life to those who are perishing with thirst.  {3BC 1151.2}
  As the palm tree, drawing nourishment from fountains of living water, is green and flourishing in the midst of the desert, so the Christian may draw rich supplies of grace from the fountain of God's love, and may guide weary souls, that are full of unrest and ready to perish in the desert of sin, to those waters of which they may drink, and live. The Christian is ever pointing his fellow-men to Jesus, who invites, "If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink." This fountain never fails us; we may draw, and draw again (ST Oct. 26, 1904).  {3BC 1151.3}
  If the Christian thrives and progresses at all, he must do so amid strangers to God, amid scoffing, subject to ridicule. He must stand upright like the palm tree in the desert. The sky may be as brass, the desert sand may beat about the palm tree's roots, and pile itself in heaps about its trunk. Yet the tree lives as an evergreen, fresh and vigorous amid the burning desert sands. Remove the sand till you reach the rootlets of the palm tree, and you discover the secret of its life; it strikes down deep beneath the surface, to the secret waters hidden in the earth. Christians indeed may be fitly represented by the palm tree. They are like Enoch; although surrounded by corrupting influences, their faith takes hold of the Unseen. They walk with God, deriving strength and grace from Him to withstand the moral pollution surrounding them. Like Daniel in the courts of Babylon, they stand pure and uncontaminated; their life is hid with Christ in God. They are virtuous in spirit amid depravity; they are true and loyal, fervent and zealous, while surrounded by infidels, hypocritical professors, godless and worldly men. Their faith and life are hid with Christ in God. Jesus is in them a well of water springing up into everlasting life. Faith, like the rootlets of the palm tree, penetrates beneath the things which are seen, drawing spiritual nourishment from the Fountain of life (ST July 8, 1886).  {3BC 1151.4}
(Eze. 31:7.) The Christian a Sturdy Cedar.--When the love of Jesus is abiding in the soul, many who are now but withered branches will become as the cedars of Lebanon, "whose root is by the great waters." The cedar is noted for the firmness of its roots. Not content to cling to the earth with a few weak fibers, it thrusts its rootlets, like a sturdy wedge, into the cloven rock, and reaches down deeper and deeper for strong holds to grasp. When the tempest grapples with its boughs, that firm-set tree cannot be uprooted. What a goodly cedar might not every follower of Christ become, if he were but rooted and grounded in the truth, firmly united to the Eternal Rock (RH June 20, 1882).  {3BC 1151.5}
     13-16. See EGW on Ps. 71:9, 17, 19.  {3BC 1151.6}


Shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night. Ps. 92:2  {ML 200.1}
The religion of Christ will lead us to do all the good possible, to both high and low, rich and poor, happy and oppressed. But especially will it lead to the manifestation of kindness in our own family. It will be manifested by acts of courtesy and love to father and mother, husband, wife, and child. We are to look to Jesus, to catch His Spirit, to live in the light of His goodness and love, and to reflect His glory upon others.  {ML 200.2}


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