This psalm was written when Saul was told that David had gone to the house of Ahimelech.
Verse 1 – Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually.
Verse 2 – Your tongue devises destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
Verse 3 – You love evil more than good, and lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah
Verse 4 – You love all-devouring words, you deceitful tongue.
This psalm was written about Doeg, the Edomite who had betrayed Ahimelech and David and then killed God’s priests (1 Samuel 21:7, 22:9-23). Doeg had boasted about his deed.
Deceit and betrayal are not a favorable characteristic. I’m sure all of us can remember a time when someone close to us deceived us. It was either to take something from you that they wanted or to make you look bad in front of others. Any boasting we do, we should do in the things God that He has done in our lives.
Verse 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
Verse 6 – The righteous also shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him saying,
Verse 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.
I have found the longer I live this Christian life, that the richer someone is the harder it is for me to convince them that they need Christ. Don’t misunderstand, these people I have met are very nice, on the outside, but they see no need for a Savior because they have everything money can buy. Not all wealthy people are like this. I’m just saying what David said. The rich rely on their riches for everything. They see no need for God and they are some of the hardest people to reach.
Verse 8 – But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.
The olive tree is one of the longest-living trees. David was contrasting God’s eternal protection of his faith, with the sudden destruction of the wicked.
Verse 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.