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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

Growth in Grace

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree.
PSALM 92:12
29th February
February
Matthew Henry
Spiritual growth consists most in the growth of the root, which is out of sight.
 
The palm tree is God's Old Testament picture from the world of nature of the Christian. Everything about it gives us some insight into growth in grace. Let us consider together some of the unique features of the palm tree that have valuable lessons for us today.

The palm tree exists because of its God-given ability to find water. It has a tap root that can seek out water or hidden springs under the desert sands. Water, in the symbolic language of Scripture, is a type of the Holy Spirit. Christ Himself said, 'He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water' (John 7:38). The Christian can live only as he is born of the Spirit and filled by the Spirit day by day.

The palm tree, by divine design, was made to grow straight and upward. The Christian is called to live a life of uprightness and holiness. Ananias was told by the Lord that he would find the newly converted Saul of Tarsus in the 'street which is called Straight' (Acts 9:11). Let us live to 'shew that the Lord is upright' (Psa. 92:15).

The palm tree brings forth fruit in old age (v. 14). Authorities inform us that the palm tree produces its best fruit at from thirty to one hundred years of age. It was at thirty years of age that the Lord Jesus began His public ministry. There should be in the Christian life with the passing of years not only 'fruit,' 'more fruit,' and 'much fruit' (John 15:2-5), but also, as with the palm tree, there should be flourishing fruitfulness that glorifies our Lord.