Psalm 52 (Listen)
52:1 Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man?
The steadfast love of God endures all the day.
2 Your tongue plots destruction,
like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.
3 You love evil more than good,
and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah
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. Selah
6 The righteous shall see and fear,
and shall laugh at him, saying,
7 “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!”
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 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 green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. (Psalm 52:8)
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 green 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.