Thriving on God’s unfailing love
“Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.” But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people.” Psalms 52:7-9
Everyone exercises faith. Both believers and unbelievers are motivated to act upon their desire to worship and entrust their lives to someone or something. From the text, the Psalmist being a believer in God expressed his conviction that his trust is not in wealth or material things but in God. There are people that will trust rulers or people in power rather than God (see Jeremiah 46:25). There are those that will trust more their treasure (Psalm 52:7). Some will boast about what they have accumulated (see Psalm 20:7; Isaiah 31:1). There are people that find security and satisfaction by trusting their influence and wealth. Each day we are confronted with decisions that will manifest what or who we trust. The Psalmist found the fulfillment in trusting God. He compared his life to an olive tree whose leaves do not wither, always flourishing and yields fruit. While the wicked that trust material things appear to be in abundance but does not yield good fruit. If your sense of worth is attached to what you do and the accumulation of things in this world, you will always come out longing for more and will always be in search for satisfaction. But if you base your contentment in your relationship with God, you will find yourself thriving in His presence. There will be times that you will find yourself unsettled on who’s your loyalty belong. So how can you tell who or what you are really trusting? What you trust the most that is what you will desire the most. And whatever you desire the most that is what you will obey. The Psalmist warned “to look at what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God” (Psalm 52:7). Such pursuit will leave you seeking for more only to end up not satisfied and empty. Listen to what King Solomon discovered, “I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 2:1). Instead, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:33).
Noel De Guzman