The wicked may boast, but in the end those who trust in God’s unfailing love will flourish.

BibleGateway: Psalm 52

ESV Text: Psalm 52

Psalm 52 (Listen)

The Steadfast Love of God Endures

To the choirmaster. A Maskil1 of David, when Doeg, the Edomite, came and told Saul, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.”


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!”2


  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.

Footnotes

[1] 52:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term

[2] 52:7 Or in his work of destruction

(ESV)


KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 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. 2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. 3 Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. 4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. 5 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.

     6 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him: 7 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. 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. 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 524:
In Thee, Lord, Have I Put my Trust

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust; 
Leave me not helpless in the dust, 
Let me not be confounded. 
Let in Thy Word My faith, O Lord, 
Be always firmly grounded. 

2. Bow down Thy gracious ear to me 
And hear my cries and prayers to Thee, 
Haste Thee for my protection; 
For woes and fear Surround me here. 
Help me in mine affliction. 

3. My God and Shield, now let Thy power 
Be unto me a mighty tower 
Whence bravely I defend me 
Against the foes That round me close. 
O Lord, assistance lend me. 

4. Thou art my Strength, my Shield, my Rock, 
My Fortress that withstands each shock, 
My Help, my Life, my Treasure. 
Whate’er the rod, Thou art my God; 
Naught can resist Thy pleasure. 

5. The world for me has falsely set 
Full many a secret snare and net 
To tempt me and to harm me. 
Lord, make them fail, Do Thou prevail, 
Let their disguise not charm me. 

6. With Thee, Lord, have I cast my lot; 
O faithful God, forsake me not, 
To Thee my soul commending. 
Lord, be my Stay, Lead Thou the way 
Now and when life is ending. 

7. All honor, praise, and majesty 
To Father, Son, and Spirit be, 
Our God forever glorious, 
In whose rich grace We’ll run our race 
Till we depart victorious. 


Hymn: LSB 691 Fruitful Trees, the Spirit’s Sowing
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