Psalm 52

Psalm 52 is written by David when Doeg the Edomite went and told Saul, and said to him, “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.” The terrible events that prompted this chapter are recorded in 1 Samuel 21 and 22. Doeg informed Saul regarding David’s presence at the tabernacle of God and regarding the help he received from the priest there. In an evil and paranoid response, Saul sent Doeg to kill the priests and others at the tabernacle, and Doeg did – 85 people in total (1 Samuel 22:18-19).This psalm captures David’s thoughts on Doeg and his evil actions.

“The steadfast love of God endures all the day”. David begins by reminding us that God is the same no matter what people do all around us.  God is steadfast and never changes.  We can be in the midst of evil and destruction but God is there before the day begins and will continue after the day ends.  Doeg was evil and it began with his tongue.  “Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. Doeg’s evil began with him running to Saul and betraying David and his place of hiding.  We have to grasp the reality that what we say matters.  Words mean something and are important to control and contain.

 David gets to the heart of Doeg’s issue.  “You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue”. This is a heart issue for this traitor.  He was seeking power and glory and honor from king Saul and was willing to give up David in exchange.  We get motivated by evil thoughts and desires the same way and allow our tongue to say bad things or hurtful things that cause people much pain.  We have to learn to control our tongue.  It can be such a tool of good, or so destructive.

Then David reminds us of how faithful our God is.  “God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living”.  The battle is not ours, although we often want to take control.  God is in control.  He settles the score according to His righteousness.  We need to take this approach.  “I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly”.  David knows God has this under control.  He doesn’t have to try and change things.  He merely needs ot trust God and thank Him for his protection and restoration.  Much to learn here of leaning on God and being a tree in His presence!

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