A Cheater Cheats Himself The Most (Psalm 52)


1 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. 2 Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. 3 You love evil more than good, Lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah 4 You love all devouring words, [You] deceitful tongue. 5 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. Selah 6 The righteous also shall see and fear, And shall laugh at him, [saying], 7 “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.” 8 But I [am] like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. 9 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 52:1-9


Have you ever tried to play golf with someone who constantly would cheat? If your back was turned they were happy to throw their ball further down the fairway or onto the green and toss yours into the woods. It really takes the joy out of the game because they have tried to skew your efforts to make you worse than you are and their efforts to make themselves better than they are. Indeed they are cheating everyone!

In life we find folks like that. Sometimes they are at your work reporting to your boss every success you’ve had as if it were theirs and every failure they’ve had as if it were yours. They plot and scheme and hope to some how get ahead by all of their plotting.

David had a guy like that in his life. His name was Deog the Edomite. He had no use for David other than to betray him, tattle on him, and belittle him in the eyes of Saul. His sharp tongue caused David much pain and perplexity.

David meditates on his situation and he notes that Doeg is playing a short-term game. Doeg thinks he will advance himself somehow in Saul’s regime. He thinks he is winning the day, but David notes that his schemes will only bring about his own destruction. David is playing the long game. He is trusting God. He is acting with integrity. He doesn’t opt for what is easy, convenient, or practical. He is opting instead to honor God in everything and in doing so, God will honor him with all that he has already promised.

My takeaway from today’s psalm was to trust God and live righteously even when someone antagonizes you, slanders you, or speaks evil against you. I also am asking God to search my heart for those traits. It’s easy to deceive ourselves into thinking we are acting justly when we are just marching to our own party lines instead of looking to the Lord to lead.


Father, Thank you that you see all and know all. I ask you to search my heart and see. I pray that I am never a Doeg in someone else’s life. I don’t want to be inclined to deception and I certainly don’t want to deceive myself. I trust in you and your promises. Please keep my feet firmly placed on the foundation of Christ Jesus. Please work out your salvation in me to will and to do and to honor you in all things. I pray that I walk righteously and confidently in the truth of your word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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