5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living.
6 The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh at you, saying,
7 “Here now is the man
who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
and grew strong by destroying others!”
8 But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
9 For what you have done I will always praise you
in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
for your name is good.
With God by his side, David made a comparison between himself and an olive tree flourishing in the house of God. The olive tree is a thriving tree. It is one of the longest living trees. When I went to Israel, I saw 2000 year old olive trees. They were magnificent looking, and each was weathered by time looking intertwined and mottled, yet beautiful. David was thankful for God’s eternal protection no matter what he was going through in life. Life can be very difficult at times, and you may not know why things are happening to you. You may see the wicked thriving while the good are suffering, but we can know that God’s faithful servants will have eternal protection while the wicked are headed for destruction. Hold on to your faithfulness. Keep your eyes on God, and do not concern yourself with what ungodly people are doing. Take your concerns to God and talk with him about it. That is a matter for God, not you. God protects his faithful servants.