Journal Entry by Geoff Allen


S – Psalm 52:8 (TPT)
But I am like a flourishing olive tree, anointed in the house of God.  I trust in the unending love of God; his passion toward me is forever and ever

O – Observation
Some olive trees have been formerly dated to 2000 years old others are believed to be up to 4000 years old and still bearing fruit. It was interesting to read up on the olive tree and its many uses. We often think of the storms and trials in our lives.  I wonder what some of these trees have had to face or endure over so many years and still be flourishing and bearing fruit.  It really speaks to me of where my roots are, or where I am anchored.  

A – Application
David’s flourishing was because of God’s unfailing love, in which he said he trusted forever. So he vowed to go on praising God for what He had done. David would wait (hope) in God’s name (which signified His attributes and actions; cf. Ex. 34:5–7) and then he would praise Him among the saints.  So the righteous, unlike people of treachery, place their confidence in God’s love, for their justice and blessing.

For me I need to daily place my confidence in God’s love and be attached to Him so that I can stand and flourish no matter the circumstances. 

P – Prayer
Dear Lord, thank you that I can have confidence that you are for me and that I can not only draw from you when I am in pain or anguish, concern or worry; but all times enabling me to flourish, continually growing and being fruitful.