“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.” Psalm 52:8
Psalm fifty-two begins with a question. “Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?”
The question isn’t asked of an man that we would describe as evil. No this isn’t an evil man, he’s a “mighty man.”
A mighty man was a soldier that had proven himself on the field of battle. He was more than the typical warrior. He was a hero for his people. His exploits could boasted of by his children and sung of by minstrel singers.
But you know it’s sad that when it comes to boasting and bragging the thing we seem most prone to bragging about is how bad we can be. Privately we may not be very proud of our off color or unkind achievements but in the moments when we’re entertaining other people with the things we’ve done what do we talk about? Pranks we’ve pulled, mischief we’ve made, crimes and misdemeanors we’ve gotten away with, and those acts that have gotten us in the most trouble.
Good deeds may be inspiring but some how their not very entertaining.
What we fail to realize is that when we entertain friends and strangers by making a boast of our wickedness we set the bar criminally low for those heroes that will come after us.
Our role models need examples of integrity, goodness, loving kindness, and mercy to set the standard they themselves will strive to achieve.
David’s eyes are on his creator. His role model is the God that has sustained and supplied him through every challenge and trial, and the marvel that captures his attention most of all is God’s mercy.
“I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.” (Psalm 52:8). David’s boast is that he is who he is because he is trusting in the mercy of God.
But truthfully we’re all deeply in debt to God for the depth and breadth of his mercy. In the book Lamentations the prophet Jeremiah points out that without God’s mercy being renewed every day we would be consumed.
Making our boast in our violence and wickedness is the shortest, quickest trip to the gutter. But turning our thoughts and our praises to God very quickly raises us to heavenly places.