Psalm 92 Commentary
The thoughts of the LORD are profound. Senseless people think there is nothing to life’s times and events. They think no one is driving the ship. They install themselves as captains and feel they can define their own.
But the saint can sit down at night and take stock of the day. He has experienced the grace of God. He proclaims the faithfulness of the LORD. He has kept His promises.
Unlike the senseless, the saint can see ordinary events as the deeds of the LORD: the provision of material things, the provision of protection, the provision of fellowship, and the provision of special gifts like peace and joy.
In the present, the psalmist has seen the defeat of his adversaries. And in the future, the righteous will flourish like a palm tree.
The psalmist uses these different tenses to highlight the different shades of the Christian walk. We experience victory in the present. But the mention of future prosperity may indicate that the present victory is only in part.
The statement that “they will bear fruit in old age” is interesting. An old tree must be cut because it is no longer in a position to bear fruit. Probably the scripture is pointing to the thought of the final victory over death in the resurrection – the perishable being replaced with the imperishable. The old, weak, and nearly useless being replaced with freshness and vitality – never to look back again.
Planted in the house of the LORD, the saint will flourish.
Outside are the wicked who spring up like grass and may have an appearance of success. They will be destroyed forever. This is a future event but we also know that they may face judgment here and there while they live under the sun. The sovereign LORD decides such matters.
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