Psalm 52 was written by David when Doeg the Edomite went to leak the secret to Saul that he met him with Ahimelech the Priest who gave him bread and the sword of Goliath. We should be aware that this singular action led to the destruction of Nob, the city of the priests by wicked and envious Saul. David used this psalm to reflect on the wickedness of some men (of course as Doeg). Such men boast in evil (1), their “tongue devises destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully, (2) and they “love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking righteousness” (3). The end of such men is that God will destroy them forever, he will pluck them out of his dwelling place, and uproot them from the land of the living (5). But what happens to the righteous while the wicked suffers this? David says, “The righteous also shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying, “Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.” Now verse 8 is very interesting. David singled himself out because he belongs to the generation of the righteous and this is what I want us to see. He said, “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.” Why did he use the GREEN OLIVE TREE as a symbol of the reward of the righteous here? It is because of the nature of the tree. William F. Dankenbring in “The Mystery of the Olive Tree” helps us to understand the significance of this wonderful creation of God. He wrote, “The Hebrew word for “olive tree” is “es shemen,” which literally means ‘tree of oil.” It is from a primitive root meaning “to shine.” It means “richness, anointing, fat, fruitful, oil, ointment, olive.” It is related to the word “shemesh,” “to be brilliant,” and which also is the Hebrew word for the “sun,” that brightly shining orb in the sky. Another Hebrew word for “olive” is “zayith,” meaning “an olive,” as “yielding illuminating oil.” Its related to the word “ziv,” meaning “to be prominent,” “brightness.” He further stated that, “the olive tree may seem like any other tree, rather ordinary in appearance and size – some might say even a little bit “ugly,” and at certain seasons of the year even a little “messy,” with olives littering the ground beneath the tree! The foliage of the olive tree is dense, and when it becomes old the fairly tall trunk acquires a unique pattern of twists and turns, protuberances and knots, on its bark and in its form, giving the tree a very interesting appearance… “There are trees in Israel estimated to be 1,000 years old that still produce fruit…. Interestingly, if the trunk is cut down, the shoots from its roots continue to grow, ensuring its continued existence. Olive wood is very hard, and beautifully grained. It is very desirable in the manufacture of smaller wooden objects, pieces of furniture, and ornaments.” Good news then! Once you belong to the generation of the righteous, you are like this OLIVE TREE, shinning, rich, anointed, fruitful, prominent and bright. You are established to flourish from generation to generation, producing fruit in old age and becoming a source of VALUE and blessing to your world. It pays to be righteous!
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I have been asked several times why I choose writing poetry and motivating people. Well, my answer is simple: If you find yourself in my side of life, you'll definitely be grateful about the simple things life offers. You'll come to understand that every single day is an opportunity, and a reason to be grateful. I love what I do not because I generate a flow of income from it, but because in what I do, I can define my life and at the same time give meaning to someone elses life. As a poet my perception to life and the things that happen around me is quite endearing. I see life from the angle of possibilities. "Having overtime understood that drooling over situations never change the results, I choose to be optimistic at all levels and sphere of life." Born into a humble background, where my Destiny helper took the pains of seeing me through school as his last born and integrate me into his blissful family. gave me quite the necessary lessons I needed to become the man I have grown to be. Life is simply amazing when you see situations as a class and a needed lesson. I am simply an observer, I try my best to sketch out my tomorrow from my today's views. As a motivator, I see every experiences as a needed tool to help my friends, acquaintance and the entire society towards making the right choices. When you appreciate the person you have become, you can easily define your life's journey from where you came from, having a clear vision and understanding of your desired destination. Self-discovery means many things. It means finding your purpose in life (we all have a purpose), it means digging deep into your childhood and revealing the experiences that shaped you... good and bad. It means realizing what your beliefs are and living by them. The effects of self-discovery include happiness, fulfillment, clarity and maybe even enlightenment! The journey however is not always an easy road. The journey includes fear, confusion, misunderstanding, doubt and literally re-visiting all your choices in life. I like to refer to it as reshuffling of the mind, your emotions and your surroundings (including the people in your life). It requires making some tough decisions and sticking to them. My journey so far has seen me cut people out of my life. I call them the “takers.” They were takers because I allowed them to be and it wasn’t until I realized that many of these relationships were one-sided — self- discovery — that I decided to cut them out. It has also seen me completely change the course of my life and start to follow my true passion and purpose (poetry and motivation). I have also started to set intentions and no longer have expectations from others — okay... this one is really hard for me and it’s a work in progress — but instead I have started to look within for answers. I’ve had several set backs along the way and I have no doubt I will have many more but, I’m not giving up. What I know for sure is that the journey is worth taking. I am slowly becoming my true self, more aware and more tolerant. I am learning how to pay attention to my feelings and understand myself better. What I know for sure is that I have had several unrealistic expectations, which have set up for disappointment. Apparently because I lie to myself. Why do we do this? Why do we lie to ourselves? And more importantly, why do we allow ourselves to get away with it? When someone else lies to me and I find out about it I freak out. “How dare he lie to me? Does she think I’m stupid?” but, we lie to ourselves profusely and even cover up our own lies by accepting them as truth in order to reassure ourselves that it’s okay!!! What I know for sure is that being true to my feelings and accepting the poet and motivator in me and also acknowledging him as well as validating him has released so much fear in me. It has released my fear of not being good enough as well as my fear of not living up to the expectations I set for myself. What I know for sure is that we are usually our own worst enemy. We hold ourselves back in so many ways and accepting who I am, helps me move away from that pattern. The freedom you will feel within yourself starts when you accept the person you are or have become without being bias. However, the universe will give you back in rewards when your passion and obsession for who you are and what you believe in supercedes the challenges and discouragement that comes from your distrators. View all posts by boazolaosebikan