Psalm 52:1 Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly? All day long 2 you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery. 3 You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth. 4 You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue. 5 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. 6 The righteous will see, and fear, and will laugh at the evildoer, saying, 7 “See the one who would not take refuge in God, but trusted in abundant riches, and sought refuge in wealth!”8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. 9 I will thank you forever, because of what you have done. In the presence of the faithful I will proclaim your name, for it is good.
I love the contrast in King David’s words found in this psalm. Apparently David was betrayed by someone close to him. It’s always hard dealing with one’s enemies, but there’s an added sting when the enemy is someone you thought was a close friend.
For seven verses David vents his anger, but there is a turn in verse eight. “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God…”. He’s not happy about his circumstances, but never once questions whether he belongs to the Lord. Or whether the Lord will eventually come to his aid.
There is anger. And betrayal. And frustration. But there is also hope in the living God.
Heavenly Father, this morning I give thanks that we don’t have to pretend with you. We can give you everything we have – happiness, anger, frustration, whatever. Thank you for always being willing to receive it. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.