Psalm 52

The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.

The book of Psalms is commonly thought of as a collection of the worship music of the Israelites. They were meant to be sung. These are worship songs that God appreciated enough to make sure they were preserved for us. Let’s see if we can find out why…

Psalm 52
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!”[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.

From this passage I hear God asking me:
How do you feel about the righteous “laughing” at the lost? (v. 6)
Well, let me ask you this: will you be one of the “laughers”?
Am I your refuge, or do you trust your “stuff”? (v. 7)
Do people there laugh at you for trusting in your stuff?
Or, do they laugh at you if you trust me?
It seems ridiculous to trust someone you can’t see, doesn’t it?
Are you willing to wait until the time when trusting in your stuff seems even more ridiculous? (v. 9)
Because it is.


Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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