It has become such an unfortunate stereotype of so-called Christians that all Christianity is about is a bunch of angry, judgmental people with a righteous attitude. What they neglect to understand is that the Bible is completely full of fallen and very much human people just like you and I. I could rant for hours upon this subject, but for this post I’d like to dive a little into a certain Psalm David poured out.
David was renowned for being a man after God’s own heart. From a young age he stood in faith to defeat a literal Giant with a mere slingshot and as a teen was told that he would be King, albeit he did not feel he deserved to be so. His life was full of uncertainties throughout, but what is most compelling is his heart throughout the Psalms.
The Psalms for the most part were penned by David, many of them are songs full of ever changing emotions…I certainly doubt I am the only one who can relate. One of the most incredible Psalms is Psalm 52,
“But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
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.”
In all of creation, the olive tree is one of the longest living and enduring trees. David felt like an olive tree flourishing in the deep roots of God. Christ speaks of the meaning of roots later in Mark 4:8, “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
Jesus speaks further of what it means to produce an abundant crop later in John 15, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. Remain in me, and I will remain in you.” What Jesus is conveying here is just like David, we are branches off the vine of Him. God is the Gardener and albeit it is very painful, He prunes us, He refines us. The seasons of this pruning are painful, tedious, and excruciating at times, but for a greater purpose. Just like an olive tree being deeply rooted in Christ, we abide in the True Vine, knowing that the seasons of pruning are not in vain. Rather, these seasons are so that in the harvest season the harvest will be plentiful.
Malachi 3:10 says, “Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “an see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have enough room to for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” Says the Lord Almighty. Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land.”
I am not saying that we are to walk into these pruning seasons in hopes of an abundance of money, but what I do believe we walk out of such seasons with is an abundance of the Spirit within us. A closeness, an abiding, a rooting so deep within God that it is a peace unknown and unachievable by any other way.
Let us pray to be like King David, deeply rooted in Him like an olive tree. Let us pray to be a flourishing olive tree and know that the pruning seasons will bear an abundance of fruit. The fruit of peace. The fruit of love. The fruit of truth. The fruit of Holy Spirit, the greatest reward this life does not deserve.
By: Cally Logan