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Psalms 52

Dear Lord God, I want to press on to know You. I do not want to pursue after human wisdom, earthly power, or material riches. Nothing compares to knowing You. By Your grace, through the light of Your word, let me grow in knowing You, Amen.

[[To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.]]

Ps.52:1

Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

1Sam.22:9> But Doeg the Edomite, who was standing with Saul’s officials, said, “I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelek son of Ahitub at Nob.

Focus point: This psalm was written about Doeg, the Edomet who had betrayed Ahimelech and David and then killed God’s priest (see 1 Samuel 21:7; 22:9-23) Doeg thought he was a great hero-even boasting about his deed. In reality, his deed was evil, and offense to God. It is easy to mistake “accomplishment” with goodness. Just becausesomething is done well or thooughly doen’t mean it is good (for exaple, someone may be great gambler or a sskllful liar). Measure all you do by the rule of God’s Word, not by how proficiently you do it.

Psa 52:2
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Ps.50:19> You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit.

Prov.12:18> The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Psa 52:3
Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. Ps.59:7> See what they spew from their mouths— the words from their lips are sharp as swords, and they think, “Who can hear us?”

Psa 52:4
Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

Psa 52:5
God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

Prov.2:22> but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

Psa 52:6
The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

Job 22:19> The righteous see their ruin and rejoice; the innocent mock them, saying,

Ps.58:10> The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.

Psa 52:7
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

Job 31:24, 25>  “If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, Ps.49:6> those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?

Psa 52:8
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Focus Points:  With God by his side, David compared himself to an olive tree flourishing in the house of God. Not only is an olive tree one of the longestliving trees, but a flourishing tree has even greater longevity. David was contrasting God’s eternal protection of his faithful servants with the sudden destruction of the wicked (Ps.52:5-7).

Ps.92:13> planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.

Psa 52:9
I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.

Ps.54:6> I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, LORD, for it is good.

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