Psalm 52 (Listen)

52:1   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!”
  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.


But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever (Psalm 52:8 CSB). 

Trusting God is often easier said than done. There are times when we think we can handle things on our own, or that we have to make the wrong choice to get the right result. In comparing the God-fearing believer to a flourishing olive tree, David shows us what trust does. The olive tree is an evergreen — it doesn’t wither as seasons in our lives change. Trust keeps us rooted in God, and in His house we are safe and protected. And like an olive tree, trust makes us beautiful and fruitful and alive. Even when we think our way is best, we must remember to trust God by putting down roots that drink deep of His boundless love.

Pray it: Father, thank you for your constant love. Help me trust in you and not riches or reputation so that I might flourish forever rather than be blown away like those unreliable foundations. Amen.

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