The Wicked Will Not Go Unpunished (Psalm 52) – * Bonus devotional.

Scripture reading – Psalm 52

Psalm 52 records the prayer and meditations of David when he learned that Doeg, the Edomite, had betrayed him to King Saul (1 Samuel 21-22). The accusations of that wicked man had deceived the king, and he believed Ahimelech the priest had conspired to assist his enemy.

Doeg had witnessed Ahimelech giving David five loaves of bread, and the sword of Goliath as he requested (1 Samuel 21:3-4, 8-9); however, the priest had not done so as an act of ill will toward the king. Nevertheless, Doeg used the occasion to accuse Ahimelech, and he provoked the king’s fury (1 Samuel 22:16). When Saul’s soldiers refused to slay the priests, Doeg did the king’s bidding, and killed eighty-five priests and their families (1 Samuel 22:18-19). One man survived the slaughter, Abiathar, the son of Ahimelech (1 Samuel 22:20-23).

It was the news of this tragic event that inspired Psalm 52.

Psalm 52:1-4 chronicles David’s assessment of the character of Doeg, and reveals that the wicked take pleasure in injuring the righteous. They employ their tongues to destroy the believers (52:1-2), and prefer lies over truth. They are liars, and love to deceive (52:3-4).

While the righteous take no pleasure in the suffering of the wicked, it is the judgment of God that reminds them He is just (52:5). Believers will see the LORD’S judgment, revere Him, and be satisfied His justice will be served (52:6). Doeg had committed a great evil, and God abandoned him to the consequences of his wicked ways (52:7).

News of the deaths of Ahimelech, and the priests of Nob had troubled David, but he took solace in the LORD’S loving mercies (52:8). He vowed, 9I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: And I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints” (52:9).

Closing thoughts:

Believer, God is ever good, and it pleases Him when His people make it a habit to praise Him before His saints (52:9)! Remember, the wicked make light of their transgressions, and take pleasure in lies and deceit. Though we are often tempted to complain, and declare—unfair, and unjust, in those times, take comfort in the confidence that the LORD is just, and the wicked will not go unpunished.

Take a few minutes, and rehearse all the good the LORD has done in your life!

Copyright 2021 – Travis D. Smith