Psalm 52

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by: FCC Staff

05/17/2022

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1Why 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!”[b]

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. 

I thought I was a good musician. In fact, I thought I was a great musician! I had been playing music for years, pushing the boundaries of my instruments and learning licks from various artists. I thought I had it down, that I was among the best of the best… until I went to college. I remember sitting in on a worship band practice, listening to the musicians from the college. Not only were they playing my dream gear, Paul Reed Smith guitars and Mesa Boogie amplifiers, they were playing at a skill level I had never seen. Turns out, my perspective of greatness was quite limited.

Psalm 52 speaks of a man, a mighty man. “Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day.” (Psalm 52:1) He is at least mighty by the world’s standards. “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!” (Psalm 52:7) The problem for this man lies in the irony that his mighty wealth became his tomb. His perspective was like a popular perspective even in this day – that power, wealth, and influence will provide all that we need. Unfortunately, that’s a significantly limited perspective. 

Trusting in those things will lead us to disappointment and despair. You need not look far to see current examples of this. Power, wealth, and influence cannot provide ultimate satisfaction and security. Prioritizing these things will only cause damage to us and those around us, especially when accompanied by the relational qualities of the mighty man. “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.” (Psalm 52:2-4)

We are better off putting our trust in someone who can truly provide what we need. The psalmist knows the better option. “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.” (Psalm 52:8-9)

As followers of Jesus, we know that we are better off living as members of the house of God rather than rulers of our own limited domain. So, how will we put our trust in the steadfast love of God this week? We have an opportunity to do this by prioritizing the Gospel over our own selfish gain. When you make decisions this week, don’t think about how to elevate yourself, consider how you might elevate Christ. Let God’s goodness flow from your words and actions as you interact with the world around you. 

Prayer for today: Father God, thank You for making the way for us to be Your people. Help us to honor You and share Your goodness with those around us. Give us strength to avoid the temptation of self-elevation. Let Your glory be known by what we say and do. Amen.

1Why 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!”[b]

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. 

I thought I was a good musician. In fact, I thought I was a great musician! I had been playing music for years, pushing the boundaries of my instruments and learning licks from various artists. I thought I had it down, that I was among the best of the best… until I went to college. I remember sitting in on a worship band practice, listening to the musicians from the college. Not only were they playing my dream gear, Paul Reed Smith guitars and Mesa Boogie amplifiers, they were playing at a skill level I had never seen. Turns out, my perspective of greatness was quite limited.

Psalm 52 speaks of a man, a mighty man. “Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day.” (Psalm 52:1) He is at least mighty by the world’s standards. “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!” (Psalm 52:7) The problem for this man lies in the irony that his mighty wealth became his tomb. His perspective was like a popular perspective even in this day – that power, wealth, and influence will provide all that we need. Unfortunately, that’s a significantly limited perspective. 

Trusting in those things will lead us to disappointment and despair. You need not look far to see current examples of this. Power, wealth, and influence cannot provide ultimate satisfaction and security. Prioritizing these things will only cause damage to us and those around us, especially when accompanied by the relational qualities of the mighty man. “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.” (Psalm 52:2-4)

We are better off putting our trust in someone who can truly provide what we need. The psalmist knows the better option. “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.” (Psalm 52:8-9)

As followers of Jesus, we know that we are better off living as members of the house of God rather than rulers of our own limited domain. So, how will we put our trust in the steadfast love of God this week? We have an opportunity to do this by prioritizing the Gospel over our own selfish gain. When you make decisions this week, don’t think about how to elevate yourself, consider how you might elevate Christ. Let God’s goodness flow from your words and actions as you interact with the world around you. 

Prayer for today: Father God, thank You for making the way for us to be Your people. Help us to honor You and share Your goodness with those around us. Give us strength to avoid the temptation of self-elevation. Let Your glory be known by what we say and do. Amen.

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