In Psalm 92:14, we read, "They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing."
‘Fat’ generally has unpleasant connotations in our day, but in the scriptures, it is almost always a positive image. This particular verse is in reference to the righteous older person. The words 'fat and flourishing' basically mean 'full of sap and green.' This gives the picture of a healthy tree that invites people to sit under it for shade or pick the fruit that is on it.
The righteous individual would be of such character that people will want to be around them. The fruit of righteous living and scripture study will be clearly evident. Others will find that they are given wise, kind and loving words, that they are given encouragement, and that they are given comfort by the older righteous person.
Even in old age there are spiritual fruit that can be produced. By their example and counsel, young people can be encouraged to do what is right. Even though the older person may have many and various physical ailments, they can be very healthy and fruitful spiritually. A big thank you to Grandma Thelma Snarr Nielsen (age 93) for modeling “fat and flourishing” so beautifully for her family and all who know her.