Psalm 52

To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of David when Doeg the Edomite went and told Saul, and said to him, “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.”

1 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually.

2 Your tongue devises destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

3 You love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah

4 You love all devouring words, you deceitful tongue.

5 God shall likewise destroy you forever; He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, and uproot you from the land of the living. Selah

6 The righteous also shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying,

7 “Here is the man who did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.”

8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.

9 I will praise You forever, because You have done it; and in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good.


Here we have two individuals; one is not bothered by sin.  In fact, they are proud of it, of what they believe they have gotten away with.  They look forward to “bigger and better wins” thinking of how they can top this last “caper”.  The other, while by no means perfect, strives against his own lower nature, wants to pursue God’s righteousness above all else, and though he may fall short or get distracted he knows he can “trust the mercy of God forever and ever.”  These two individuals come to two very different ends.  Every day I have to choose which one I will be.  God help me to choose wisely.

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