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Psalm 52: Boasting in mischief

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The question presented is: Why do you boast about your mischief?

This is a good question. There are people on earth who "glory in their shame." There are people who delight in doing evil. Why would someone boast about his mischief or his evil? Why should such a person believe that the goodness of God did not endure continually? Why does someone reach the spiritual state of believing that it is better to be evil than to be good?

The reason is half-seen in David's assessment in verse 7: Look, this is the man who did not make God his strength, he trusted in worldly weath, he strengthened himself in his wickedness.

(1 Samuel 21:10-15; Psalm 34:1-22; Psalm 56:1-13)

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.

2Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp rasor, working deceitfully.

3Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

4Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

5God 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.

6The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

7Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

8But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

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.

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