A Matter of Trust

Psalm 528 [widescreen]

Reading the Word

Psalm 52:5–9 (ESV)

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. Selah6 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.

Understanding and Applying the Word

There are those who do evil and love it. They have no regard for doing what is right. But in the end, they will answer for their ways. God, who sees all and knows all, will bring them into judgment. At that time, they will be removed from the land of the living.

The righteous, who by extension, have often suffered at the hands of the wicked will not be judged, but will be like an olive tree in the house of God. Such a tree would thrive and flourish. So it will be for the righteous.

What is the difference? The wicked trust in themselves and all that they possess (v. 7) while the righteous trust in God and his provision in their lives (v. 8). Ultimately, what we place our trust in becomes our god. What are you trusting in?

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