A Season of Psalms - Psalm 52:1, 6-9
Psalm 52:1, 6-9
“Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day…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 to 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.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
The most popular baby names for girls so far in 2018, in order of popularity, are Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella, and Sophia. For boys, it’s Liam, Noah, William, James, and Logan. Strangely, but perhaps not surprisingly, Doeg is nowhere mentioned on that list, and for good reason: the name Doeg means “one who acts with uneasiness.” The only Doeg I know was described by Saint Augustine as a “poisonous fungus.” Not exactly how you want your name to be remembered!
Doeg the Edomite is the villain in Psalm 52. You remember the story from 1 Samuel 21-22: Doeg saw David and Ahimelech conversing in Nob, with Ahimelech aiding David in his flight from King Saul. In Saul’s eyes, Ahimelech’s assistance was treasonous to the crown, so he brought Ahimelech and his priestly cohort with him and had them executed, 85 priests, at the hands of Doeg the Edomite. As in Psalm 1, this psalm contrasts 2 ways of living: boasting in one’s accomplishments OR trusting in the steadfast love of God. Verse 5 depicts the end result of those who boast and glory in themselves: “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.” If that’s the case, what’s the alternative? Trust in the Lord! Be like a green olive tree in the house of God: fruitful, long-lasting, prosperous, under God’s tender watch-care.
Jesus says in Matthew 7:19-20: “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Rather than be a Doeg who glories only in himself, be a Christ-follower who pours forth the fruits of love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. And since we live by the Spirit, let’s keep in step with Him. He’s on the move! Ready, set, GO!
Further Reading: 1 Samuel 21-22; Galatians 5:22-6:10
Pray with me: Father, today we choose You above anything this world can offer. We hunger and thirst for You, the only One who can satisfy our souls. We rest in Your steadfast love today. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.