10 But you have made me as strong as a wild ox.
You have anointed me with the finest oil.
11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents.
12 But the godly will flourish like palm trees
and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
13 For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house.
They flourish in the courts of our God.
14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit;
they will remain vital and green.
15 They will declare, “The Lord is just!
He is my rock!
There is no evil in him!” NLT
How strong is a wild ox? Why is this the analogy the writer uses in verse 10?
What has the writer seen and heard?
::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::
Compare verses 10-11 with Acts 4:20.
Take some time examining every line of verses 12-15. Describe all the ways that “godly” people are compared to palm trees.
Could you be described in this way? Why or why not?
::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::
Which aspect of the analogies used in these verses do you need strengthened or encouraged today? Take some time to pray about that now.