Read Psalm 52 here.
Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
The loving kindness of God endures all day long.
2 Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.
3 You love evil more than good,
Falsehood more than speaking what is right. [c]Selah.
4 You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.
Feeling a bit frustrated this morning as I read through the headlines.
Just how? How can lies be passed off as truth, over and over and over? And then even when lies are exposed, no one cares. So I put down my newspaper ( metaphorically speaking of course, who holds a newspaper anymore?? ) Finally, I flip open the Bible, (which I clearly should have opened first) to the assigned reading, as I go through the Bible chronologically and I am reminded that there is nothing new under the sun. Those that love deceitful and destructive words have been around for thousands of years. They are blinded by pride and a lust for power.
Yet, the loving kindness of God endures.
And this was my assigned reading for the day. Seriously? I couldn’t have picked a more appropriate passage if I had googled “passage in the Bible that will encourage me after feeling defeated by the lies perpetrated in our world.” There is no greater proof for the veracity and power of God’s word, then reading through it for yourself, and realizing the relevance and power God has to meet you exactly where you are!
One of my favorite things about the Psalms is that over and over again, David airs his grievances before the Lord, unashamedly and unfiltered. Yet by the end, he is encouraging himself, and us, thousands of years later, in the Lord. So if you, like me, can feel discouraged by this uphill fight, read on.
8 But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the loving kindness of God forever and ever.
9 I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it,
And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.
I know, as David did, that although God’s loving kindness endures all day long, be not deceived, God will not be mocked. And whatever a man sows, that will he reap. (Gal. 6:7) I trust in His loving Kindness and give Him thanks. Mostly I am thankful that His loving kindness endures for my own failings and sins as much as the sins of anyone else. I pray that I would wait on His name, for it is good. So good. And remembering this “in the presence of Your godly ones.” Don’t forget the importance of the fellowship of believers. Aka church! We will wait on His name, together. And trust.