“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God, forever and ever.”
Psalm 52:8, ESV
It is important that we can properly identify ourselves. The psalmist knows what he is. There is no confusion in his thinking, and he has a zero vacillation factor. “I am like–the comparison, to a green olive tree, –the reality.” FYI, he isn’t talking about green olives (my fridge has a jar or two), but a tree that is green (full of fresh life). He marks himself, identifying himself of being a flourishing and productive tree. This makes sense when we compare possibilities of what the many types there are.
He puts himself in “the house of God”. “Planted”–the idea of being fixed in a spot. And living, “growing, lush and green”. He is not your “run-of-a-mill” olive tree. He is planted, and positioned, in an incredibly rich place, right in the temple, God’s house. Now it is one thing to flourish– but another thing to be that way in the ultimate prime spot. It is good to see this. There is a generousness about having a place in God’s house. It is as good as it gets!
There is a “trust” that we can see that the psalmist has. It has to do with love. Not so much of my love for Him, but His love for me. It takes confidence to think this way. I confide, and then settle myself in His love. He loves me! (and I know it!)
The psalmist emphasizes a love that has an eternal understanding, “forever and ever”. Now most of us are aware of a love that has limits and distinctions. But His kind of love for me is the “firehose” kind of love. (When it blasts, it can peel paint off a car.)
A fresh olive tree. A desirable thing of beauty. But planted right in the middle of God’s house. That is an amazing thing! We have the soil, and it’s a rich soil. And we have the location, right in a wonderful spot. This is as good as it gets! We have the most envious spot in the garden. As a clinically depressed person, this comes as a terrifically great news!