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!”
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 ESV)
The circumstances that surround Psalm 52 are enough to break your heart as you take them all in. To get the full picture, we have to go back to 1 Samuel 22. Here we learn that David is on the run from King Saul and has, by God’s mercy and compassion, successfully evaded capture. Saul was at Gibeah sitting like a fat cat singing the Blues because no one was helping him find David—that is until Doeg the Edomite stepped forward. Doeg not only revealed David’s location, but in the end, when Saul found out that Ahimelech the priest helped David, it was Doeg who obeyed Saul’s order to slaughter the priests, AND their wives, their children and their livestock.
It is in this context that David picks up the pen and is moved by the Holy Spirit to write Psalm 52. Doeg loved evil more than good and David, through this psalm, reminds Doeg and the nation of Israel that evil men will not prosper for very long. God will exact His justice on Doeg with the same terror and fury he doled out on the priests and their families.
The righteous are to meditate on the truths of Psalm 52 and patiently wait on the Lord as they are insulted and assaulted. He is good and His steadfast love endures forever. The Lord plants His children in rich soil; they flourish and will not be uprooted. The saints praise their great God and thank Him forever because He sees the evil being inflicted upon His own and vindicates His name by ultimately delivering and rewarding the faithful.