We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
Psalm 52 forms something of a character assassination of Doeg the Edomite. Doeg has attempted to ingratiate himself with Saul, by reporting on the whereabouts of David.
David uses this incident to highlight the dangers of seeking earthly approval over that of God’s approval. In their current circumstances David hiding out in the mountains might be seen to be unsuccessful, in relation to Doeg, returned to the favour of the king. However as David reflects – in God’s eyes things are quite different.
In times of challenge and uncertainty it is easy to view our success in human terms, to measure ourselves against those around us – even if the ethics of their success might be questionable. David has confidence however that, even when he appears a failure, keeping focused on his integrity will win out in the end.
God, when I appear unsuccessful in the eyes of those around me help me to hold fast to the path you have set before me.