"What shall we conclude then?
Is there any injustice upon God's part?
King David Lute
It is a good and delightful thing to
give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises with musical accompaniment
to Your name, O Most High.
To show forth Your loving-kindness
in the morning and Your faithfulness by night.
With an instrument of ten strings and
with the lute, with a solemn sound
upon the lyre.
For You, O Lord, have made me
glad by Your works;
at the deeds of Your hands
I joyfully sing.
How great are your doings, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep.
A man in his rude and uncultivated state
knows not, neither does
a self-confident fool understand this:
That though the wicked spring up
like grass, and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to be
But You, Lord, are on high forever.
For behold, Your adversaries, O Lord,
for behold, Your enemies shall perish;
all the evildoers shall be scattered.
But my horn, emblem of excessive
strength and stately grace You have
exalted like that of a wild ox;
I am anointed with fresh oil.
My eye looks upon those who lie
in wait for me; my ears hear the evildoers
that rise up against me.
The uncompromisingly righteous shall
flourish like the palm tree, be long-lived,
stately, upright, useful, and fruitful;
they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon,
majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible.
Planted in the house of the Lord,
they shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Growing in grace they shall still bring
forth fruit in old age; they shall be full
of sap, of spiritual vitality, and rich in
the verdure of trust, love, and contentment.
They are living memorials to show
that the Lord is upright and faithful
to His promises; He is my Rock
and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
A common Date Palm grows in Israel.
Often sprouting up in natural desert springs, this tree is
capable of growing even in brackish, or salty water,
hence it's existence, as the psalmist rightly states,
" be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful."
In recent years, the Date Palm has become an
important crop in the Arava, the Dead Sea region,
and in the Jordan Valley.