Daily D – Psalm 52:8
But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
This is a song of contrasts. Doeg the Edomite reported to King Saul where David had fled from his presence when Saul attempted to kill him. Saul then had Doeg kill the priest and his family. (See 1 Samuel 21 and 22.)
Secure in himself, Doeg would soon face destruction.
Secure in God, David would flourish in God’s presence.
We can wonder if Psalm 1 is also reflective of this episode. Refresh yourself with the first of this treasury of poems, praise, and prayers. Give attention again the bottom line in verse 6:
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
It’s Monday, the head of the workweek. Which way will you go today? Which way will you follow day by day?
Will you live under God’s smile, or with a personal sneer which will run headlong into problems far too big for you to handle?
I will walk the way of the forever flourishing.
Our Father, set my steps in the right direction. Give me delight in knowing your truth and wisdom. Bring your words to mind again and again that I may ponder them and apply them appropriately. I want to live a fruitful day and an effective week. Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”