God’s Great Works And Deep Thoughts
Speaking of Job, he and his judgmental friends discussed at length the counter-intuitive fact that “evildoers flourish” (Psa 92.7). Job tried to help his friends see that if flourishing doesn’t prove righteousness, neither does calamity prove wickedness. The story of Job illustrates how deep God’s thoughts are (Psa 92.5). God is working a very deep plan! “The fool cannot understand this” (Psa 92.7), but the wise can take comfort in the fact that very soon God’s “enemies shall perish” (Psa 92.9). In other words, our just and merciful God will set all things right in His time — so, again, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord …”
The Righteous Flourish With Meaning And Purpose
Especially since we already taste God’s goodness! Compared to 80% of the world’s population, all of us here in the U. S. “flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon” (Psa 92.12)! But, for those of us who know Jesus, our flourishing is more than material because we “are planted in the house of the Lord,” and we “flourish in the courts of our God” (Psa 92.13). In other words, we are flourishing spiritually, even if we endure occasional setbacks in our temporal circumstances. What does it mean to “flourish in the courts of our God”? It means to have a worshipful life that is full of meaning and purpose, and therefore a life that is fruitful, even in old age (Psa 92.14). As my 63rd birthday looms, I am so grateful to be living a fruitful life. “It is good to give thanks to the Lord”!
A Prayer Of Worshipful Thanks
“You, O Lord, have made me glad,” not only by the blessings of today, but by your unwavering faithfulness through my lifetime. “How great are your works” on my behalf, O Lord! The more I learn of Your ways, I see that “Your thoughts are very deep!” I look back through the years and realize now that you have used even my failures and disappointments to make me “flourish in the courts of our God,” and to prepare me to “bear fruit in old age.” I confess that You, Lord, are upright; You are “my rock,” and “there is no unrighteousness” in You. I gladly give you thanks, in Jesus’ name.