Yesterday, the girls had chapel at school and the topic was song. Today, by coincidence, my daily reading involved a Psalm. Psalm, as many know, means Song. Many of the Psalms were written by David. Today’s reading specifically was Psalm 52. I found it to be a rather interesting Psalm.
For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Doeg the Edomite said to Saul, “David has gone to see Ahimelech.”
1 Why do you boast about your crimes, great warrior?
Don’t you realize God’s justice continues forever?
Isn’t that a fantastic question? Why would you boast about your crimes? Well, it’s pretty much answered in the next question. They, or you, don’t realize that God’s justice continues forever. Those that boast about their crime either don’t believe in God, or they have created a God in their mind that they think is true.
2 All day long you plot destruction.
Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor;
you’re an expert at telling lies.
The psalmist goes on to state the obvious to Christians, though not so much with non-Christians. Those that boast of their crimes are also plot destruction. Who’s? Depends on the crime, but honestly, in the end, their own destruction. The tongue cuts like a razor and they are an expert at telling lies. Who strives for that kind of expertise? It saddens me.
3 You love evil more than good
and lies more than truth.
This person loves evil more than good, and lies more than tells the truth. Again, this saddens me.
4 You love to destroy others with your words,
This person loves to destroy others with what they say. They lie and say horrible things and destroy other people. Saddening.
5 But God will strike you down once and for all.
He will pull you from your home
and uproot you from the land of the living.
What these people forget, or choose to not realize is that God will strike them down, once and for all. He will take everything away from these people.
6 The righteous will see it and be amazed.
They will laugh and say,
Those that are right with God will see this and be amazed. According to the psalmist, they will laugh and say…. I disagree. I don’t think I’ll laugh. I think I’ll cry. I’ll be saddened by this as it is never a good thing to see people make poor decisions.
7 “Look what happens to mighty warriors
who do not trust in God.
They trust their wealth instead
and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.”
The psalmist just reiterating that those who do not trust in God, but trust in themselves, and will grow more and more bold in their wickedness or evil.
8 But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God.
I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.
Here, the psalmist is backing down to a more peaceful thought, and remembering that he will thrive in the house of God, and that he will always trust in God’s unfailing love.
9 I will praise you forever, O God,
for what you have done.
I will trust in your good name
in the presence of your faithful people.
He remembers that he will praise God forever, for what he’s done, what he’s always done, what he will always do. That he will trust in God’s name. Specifically, he states here in the presence of His faithful people. However, God calls on us to trust in His name at all times, no matter who is around.
We need to remember that he is forever faithful and his love is unfailing. What a wonderful thing to know that we are loved always, under all circumstances. So why wouldn’t we want to return that great love?