the olive tree

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I will trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. Psalm 52:8

The olive tree, so a beloved professor of mine instructs, is a Biblical symbol of Israel (and therefore, the Church). Spurgeon writes: …[the] olive…draws oil out of the rock and, amid the drought, still lives and grows…bearing fruit…when all his enemies were withered like branches lopped from the tree.

Thank You, most gracious Father, for planting me firmly in my Rock, Jesus Christ. The oil that I draw from Him is Your Holy Spirit, who gives me life and strength to serve You. I pray that I might bear much fruit for You in this life, serving You all my days. In Christ I pray. Amen.

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