I parked across the street from the antique store/coffee shop/restaurant where I was meeting a friend for our monthly mentoring session. (Truthfully, I'm not sure who mentors who. Though I'm the older one, she manages to bless and enrich me each time we meet). The parking spot is one I've used before, but I'd never before noticed the olive tree growing there. If I was in California it wouldn't be so surprising, but I'd never seen an olive tree growing in Portland, Oregon before.
Towards the end of the fifty-second chapter of Psalms, David compares himself to a green olive tree that is flourishing in God's house. However, in the preceding seven verses of the chapter he describes an attack of an enemy against him. He then goes on to say that his enemy trusts in his riches, but he, David, is like a flourishing green olive tree that trusts confidently in God's lovingkindness.
Have you ever been under a severe attack of the enemy? Maybe it's an outward onslaught of adverse circumstances, maybe it's a deep relational hurt, maybe it's inward turmoil and spiritual battle. Regardless of the sort of battle you're in, in those times the enemy loves to accuse God to us. "If God loved you why would He allow..." When we are confident of God's lovingkindness toward us, we can resist the enemy's lies and, like a deeply rooted olive tree, keep on growing and flourishing, in spite of all the enemy's blustering.