Psalm 52 has David reminding us of the steadfast love of God. That is the thing that should keep us going through thick and thin – God’s everlasting and steadfast love. It never ends. It never even slows down. It is full speed all day every day, moment by moment. God’s love is the one thing in life we can depend on.
David calls out the very important challenge of the tongue. He lists some of the negative things the tongue can do:
- “plots destruction
- like a sharp razor
- worker of deceit
- lying more than speaking
- words that devour
- deceitful tongue”
Scripture is clear in many places of the power of the tongue. We must learn to control it. We must learn to use it for good and not evil. If we fail, God will deal with us.
David lists God’s response to a wandering and uncontrolled tongue. “God will break you down…..snatch and tear you from your tent….uproot you from the land”. God takes our words seriously. He does care what we say. He is concerned how we talk with each other. We are told in this chapter the outcome of “the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches”. In a word, the outcome is “destruction”. It doesn’t end well when we insist on our own way trusting in our selves.
What God desires is that we become “like a green olive tree….trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever….thank you forever….wait for your name”. Our walk with God is not about us, it is about God. It is about us being in His presence and realizing that He alone is in control. It is about putting God where He belongs in our life – on the throne as Savior and Lord. If we get this wrong things will not go well. But is we learn to put God in His rightful place, if we give Him the glory that is due and keep our attitude in line, God blesses us indeed. “It is good, in the presence of the godly”. It is good to be walking with God!