Psalm 52: Danger of Deceit

What can make a wrongdoing appear to be heroic?

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Psalm 52:1 To the minister of music, a song of David when Doeg the Edomite told Saul about David’s departure to the house of Ahimelek.
Why do you boast of evil as if your wrongdoing makes you a mighty hero? The goodness of God will endure forever.
King James
Psalm 52:1 <To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.> Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

Why might people think words don’t hurt as much as sticks and stones?

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Psalm 52:2 Your scheming, deceitful words cut like a sharp razor.
King James
Psalm 52:2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

What motivates people to tell lies?

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Psalm 52:3–4 You prefer evil over doing good and would rather lie than tell the truth. Pause to contemplate the error of your ways.
You love to devour people with your deceptive speech.
King James
Psalm 52:3–4 Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

What might delay God’s immediate judgment of sin?

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Psalm 52:5–7 God will pull you down and never let you up. He will evict you from your homes and send you into exile. Pause to think about that.
This fearsome sight will cause the righteous to laugh at you, saying, “Look at them now. They trusted in their wealth, not God. Instead of relying on God, they grew strong by destroying others.”
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord isn’t slow in keeping his promise, not like some people think. He is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, giving time for everyone to repent.
King James
Psalm 52:5–7 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him: Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

What is needed to “live in God’s presence”?

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Psalm 52:8 But I live in God’s presence like a healthy olive tree, always trusting in your steadfast love.
King James
Psalm 52:8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Why might people have difficulty seeing what God has done for them?

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Psalm 52:9 For all you have done for me, I will praise you forever among your people, trusting in your direction and authority.”
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Psalm 52:9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.

What does it mean to trust in someone’s name?

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Psalm 52:9 For all you have done for me, I will praise you forever among your people, trusting in your direction and authority.”
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Psalm 52:9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.