#MeditationMonday – Out of the abundance of a man’s heart, his mouth speaks.
Hello dear reader, we hope your week is starting on a good note and if not, we wish you the mercies of Christ to get through it, today’s #meditationmonday verse is:
Those who are planted in the house of the LORD
Shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
— Psalm 92: 13-14 (NKJV)
Brethren, I’m here to say it straight; this verse is self-explanatory. If you are planted in the house of the LORD, it’s the best foundation you can ever have, you’ll remain fresh and flourishing, bearing fruit even in old age! Let’s take an illustration with the passage below.
The Book Of 1 Samuel 9:27 — 13:14 (NKJV Selected Verses)
(9:27) As they were going down to the outskirts of the city, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us.” And he went on. “But you stand here awhile, that I may announce to you the word of God.” Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the LORD has anointed you commander over His inheritance? “Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day.
And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was chosen. When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was chosen. And Saul the son of Kish was chosen. But when they sought him, he could not be found. Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, “Has the man come here yet?” And the LORD answered, “There he is, hidden among the equipment.” So they ran and brought him from there; and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen, that there is no one like him among all the people?” So all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king!”
Now there was Saul, coming behind the herd from the field; and Saul said, “What troubles the people, that they weep?” And they told him the words of the men of Jabesh. Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard this news, and his anger was greatly aroused. So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal. There they made sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD, and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel, The Philistines gathered together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the seashore in multitude. And they came up and encamped in Michmash, to the east of Beth Aven. He waited seven days, according to the time set by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. So Saul said, “Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.” And he offered the burnt offering.
Now it happened, as soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might greet him. And Samuel said, “What have you done?” Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, “then I said, ‘The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the LORD.’ Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering.” And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you. For now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. “But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.” (13:14)
We end at 1 Samuel 13:14 because it’s the first knock that brought down Saul’s kingdom. These verses create a backdrop to a much larger story that most of us are familiar with, you see king Saul started off brilliantly, he was prophesying under the spirit of God the day he was anointed, but the day he was called out, he was not running, excited to serve as king to God’s people, instead he was hiding in the equipment and had to be dragged out, forgiving even that, the spirit of the Lord came upon him again and he ruled well for two years.
In those two years there is no mention of Saul studying the law or worshipping God. He never cared to solidify his position in God’s house, he was anointed yes, but he never bothered to get to know the one who called him. He just concluded that since the oil has been poured on him in private and in public, he had all the authority to do as he pleased.
Many of us are like this, we feel because we are called, anointed and given a “title”, there is no longer a need for us to have a foundation with God or be planted in His house, matter of fact some of us now feel too big to serve or do small jobs in church because of our so-called “titles”. Please, let’s not make the same mistake as Saul.
On the face of it, Saul perished because of delayed obedience which is disobedience in God’s sight, but looking deeper, Saul perished was because he did not know the law, he had nothing to guide him and was constantly relying on Samuel, even after Samuel’s death. (1 Samuel 28: 8-20)
This is what happens when you lack a good foundation; you crash. If Saul had studied the law for himself and sought after God to know him rather than relying on Samuel, he would never have made the fatal mistakes that caused God to depart from him and reject his kingdom.
Saul lived a paranoid and tormented life, he never lived to bear any fruit in his old age, and his entire family perished because he failed to create a good lasting foundation, save for Jonathan his son who was wise enough to see the error in his father’s ways and make a covenant with David, a man with a solid foundation, a man rooted and planted in the house and courts of God and it was this covenant that saved the last living descendant of Saul, Jonathan’s son: Mephibosheth.
David is an example of someone who was firmly rooted and planted in the house of God and we see that he indeed flourished and bore fruit even in old age. David often inquired of God, in-fact the most memorable time we see a profound conversation between David and a prophet was when He sinned and God sent a prophet to correct him!
We must be like this too, we have to stop depending on others for our intimacy with God. Stop relying on your pastors or youtube preachers and instead seek intimacy with God for yourself through the ministry of the word and prayer.
David knew the law well and sinned in God’s sight many times than Saul did, but because of his solid foundation with God, and his ability to humble himself and take correction, he was able to remain well planted and flourishing in the courts of the Most High! It is the good foundation David had with God that kept his dynasty going, God promised to establish him forever and because of David’s good foundation, God often forgave the sins of his children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.
What is unseen supports what is seen, we cannot see God but when God leaves a person, he/she becomes a shell of their former self. We often can’t see the foundations of many sky scrapers, because they are rooted deeply underground. The foundation that nobody else can see, is what shapes what people can see. People comment on how beautiful the building is but won’t believe how much it cost to build it.
Listen, you can’t have success without the work. You must plant yourself in the house of the Lord if you want to be flourishing. Those little moments nobody sees you doing things in the house of God and making yourself available for God to use you, the times where you are deep in bible study and the long hours you put in prayer, all those things are not a waste, your father who sees you in secret will reward you in the open.
If you have not began to plant yourself in the House of God today, meditate on today’s verse and begin doing so now.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for giving me a chance to be planted in your house. Lord, please water me, that I may be the strongest of plants, with the deepest of roots; hard to pull up and difficult to wither away, so I will remain in your courts always, flourishing and bearing fruit even from everlasting to everlasting. In Jesus name I pray (Amen).
Grace & Peace!