Psalm 52: Boast

Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day. Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue. But 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. Selah The righteous shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying, “See the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction!” But 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.

Psalms 52:1‭-‬9 ESV

David was on the run for his life, like a partridge on the hills being chased by a hunter. He was being closed in on, and his enemies were confident they had him cornered. But he still trusted in God’s faithful love.

Adversaries were baying for David’s blood, but he had confidence that God would vindicate him and deal with his foes. David knew that riches are pointless in delivering our souls. We can’t buy eternal security.

In contrast, David knew that in God’s presence and within His will, he would thrive, like a green olive tree in the house of God. He resolved to trust in God’s unfailing love forever, even as at the time of writing it would have been hard to cling to that assurance.

David had faith that even though he was experience adversity, there would come a day when he’d thank God for delivering Him from His troubles. God had promised he’d become king, and he clung to that promise. And we will reign with Christ if we wait upon Him.

“God of love, may we cling to Your promises, and so with Christ to reign forevermore. Thank You that our salvation is dependant on Him, not us, to Your glory, amen”

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