To the Chief Musician. A contemplation of David when Doeg the Edomite went and told Saul, and said to him, “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.”
Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually. Your tongue devises destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. You love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking righteousness. You love all devouring words, you deceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy you forever; He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, and uproot you from the land of the living. The righteous also shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying, “Here is the man who did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.” But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise You forever, because You have done it; and in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good. (Psalm 52)
I Am Like A Green Olive Tree
Adam Clarke writes: “The history to which this alludes is the following: David, having learned that Saul was determined to destroy him, went to take refuge with Achish, king of Gath: in his journey he passed by Nob, where the tabernacle then was, and took thence the sword of Goliath; and, being spent with hunger, took some of the shewbread. Doeg, an Edomite, one of the domestics of Saul, being there, went to Saul, and informed him of these transactions. Saul immediately ordered Ahimelech into his presence, upbraided him for being a partisan of David, and ordered Doeg to slay him and all the priests. Doeg did so, and there fell by his hand eighty-five persons. And Saul sent and destroyed Nob and all its inhabitants, old and young, with all their property; none escaping but Abiathar, the son of Ahimelech, who immediately joined himself to David.” See 1 Samuel 21-22 for complete story.
King Saul committed a massacre in his effort to kill David. It saddened this son of Jesse that his king would spend his life trying to kill him and yet David loved Saul respecting the place of the chosen one as king of God’s people. This contemplation of David shows the calm assurance he had in the midst of great upheaval. No matter the evil about him he would be like a tree of hope in the Lord that God’s will would be done in all things. With Saul seeking to kill him and so many people being murdered at the hand of a jealous king it would be difficult to keep a composure of faith. David trusted in God. He trusted in the strength of God.
Do you get overwhelmed at times? It is sad to hear the news of innocent people being killed for no apparent reason other than greed. Roving bands of thugs murder whole cities with no discretion of age or gender. Death takes our loved ones. Worries over money make our lives filled with gloom and despair. Health declines and we face treatments and surgeries with fear of the unknown. Plant an olive tree. Be an olive tree. Stand before the olive tree of David and see in the midst of his world he saw the blessing of God. Trust in the mercy of God today. Praise His name today. Face the hardship of today with the knowledge that God loves you. He cares for you. He sees your tears and He hears you cry. He loves you! He really does.
In times of affliction we commonly meet the sweetest experiences of the love of God. (Selected)