The righteous flourish like the palm tree

I took a few notes on the sermon last week.  The primary text was Psalm 92:12-15.
  The righteous flourish like the palm tree
     and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
  They are planted in the house of the Lord;
     they flourish in the courts of our God.
  They still bear fruit in old age;
    they are ever full of sap and green,
  to declare that the Lord is upright;
    he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
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Here are my notes, including some scripture references I chose because I neglected to record Pastor Steve’s:
Why a palm tree? 
  • Palm trees are very different from other trees.  They grow from their core so when something binds the trunk it does not incorporate the band by growing around it, but rather bursts the bond.  Psalm 107:10-14
  • The palm tree’s core enables it to bend rather than break in high winds.  Psalm 46
  • Palm trees survive drought because their roots are wide and deep. John 6:35-40
  • Palm trees, gathered together form an oasis, a place of refuge. 2 Cor. 2:15
  • If the heart of the palm tree is removed (“it barely makes a meal for one person”) it kills the tree.  Proverbs 4:23
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