Psalm 92:12a Flourish Like a Palm Tree

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

There are several types of palm trees in the East.  There are the coconut palm, the banana palm, the date palm, and THE palm used to describe the righteous in Psalm 92:12a. 

THE palm tree grows to about 80’ to 90’, the same size as the coconut palm.  However, THE palm tree often grows where no other tree grows and no one plants it because, wherever the seeds fall, a new tree grows.  Therefore, God is the cultivator who sustains it by providing the water and nutrients needed to grow and thrive.  Man’s labor is not required.  Hence, no one owns THE palm tree. Eating from THE palm tree is available to all, no matter who owns the land. 

From top to bottom, THE palm is uniform in the thickness of its trunk; it is not crooked.  In like manner, the righteous man stands upright with no crookedness, always meaning what he says and saying what he means. 

Every part of THE palm tree, from roots to leaves, is used for the good of man.  THE palm tree provides food, medicine, building material, and paper for writing.

God sees that THE palm tree’s fruit lasts all year long.  People can eat the fruit anytime throughout its varying stages of growth..  In the first quarter the fruit is broken open to provide milk.  In the second quarter, it is broken open to provide meat, similar to the coconut.  In the third quarter, the fruit is peeled and eaten like an apple.  In the fourth quarter, it is eaten like a plum.  The more fruit is picked, the more it produces.  Just so, the righteous in Christ Jesus may also produce fruit all the time.  This is the promise of prosperity for the righteous. 

THE palm tree benefits mankind in numerous ways.  For example, the strong material in the trunk and roots is ground into powder as a treatment for many ailments.  It is often utilized for incurable diseases.  Moreover, it offers protection to those who seek because insects do not eat THE palm tree, so the beams and leaves are used for roofing on wooden houses and mud huts.

Also, the leaves have been used for thousands of years as paper. The leaves are 2” wide, 1/8” thick, and 4 to 5 feet long.  The leaves are cut to the desired size, and then put in water for 3 to 4 days until they become white.  Then they are written upon with an iron pen impressing on the leaves.  Then the leaves are put back in the water where the writing becomes green while the leaves stay white.  The writing remains for thousands of years.  (See Job 19:23& 24; Jeremiah 17:1).  In the East, the art of palm tree writing with an iron pen is symbolic of one being fully equipped spiritually.

THE palm tree does not die unless it is cut down.  In great storms, it bends and then returns upright once again; it is never uprooted.  As THE palm tree is, so is the righteous who can weather any type of storm--economic, emotional or physical--and be more than a conqueror.  As God sustains THE palm tree from falling, He sustains the righteous from falling. There is always the power of God on which to rely.

So who are the righteous?  When we believe Romans 10:9, 10 then righteousness is given by grace through faith.  We know the righteous by their fruit.  As THE palm tree is useful from the roots to the top of its trunk, so we should be useful in the giving of service as well.  We should always be giving and producing abundantly because of our dedication to God.  As we renew our minds to God’s Word, we as righteous sons have unlimited resources on which to rely. As God’s righteous ones, we have all the things we need including strength, courage, and grace to continually produce. For us, there is no old age.  There is no retirement.  We can continue to spiritually produce for a lifetime.


Light Through an Eastern Window by Bishop K. C. Pillai, D.D., American Christian Press, 1986, 5th printing 2007 (p.96-100)

Old and New Testament Orientalisms Teachings of Bishop K. C. Pillai transcript, pp. 159-164