Now our county, too, has been visited by the coronavirus. Like the springtime swollen waters of a rising creek, the pesky coronavirus has invaded our pastureland of safety and tranquility. The virus is an evil which has changed many things about our life even if we individually aren’t sick. We feel more vulnerable and unsafe; we wonder what our economic future will be like. This is a new reality for all.
David had evil chasing him, too. Psalm 52 is one of his songs to God recorded for our benefit. Will you read it now and join me in applying this portion of God’s Word?
First, we have a problem and its name is evil—evil in the world and evil in specific ways (vss. 1-4). David, not yet King but the favorite of God and the people, was being pursued by jealous, maniacal King Saul. Saul’s partner in crime, Doeg (“Doe-egg”), purveyor of Saul’s dirty work, even killed God’s priests at Nob while chasing David (1 Samuel 21-22). Doeg’s deeds and words were evil, even to the point David said, “You love evil more than good.”
Have you been pursued by evil or by Satan who is a “roaring lion seeking to destroy”? Is temptation to fear or insecurity doggedly chasing you during this unusual time? Coronavirus scares us. Do we love worry, self-preservation, or hate-filled words more than good deeds, faith, and thankfulness God is calling us to pursue? Interestingly, the Spirit of God pens the reality of evil and God’s love right away in verse 1, “Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The lovingkindness [steadfast love] of God endures all day long” (Cf. Psalm 51:19-20a). We are secure in God’s immeasurable love.
Second, we have the promise of deliverance from evil (vss. 5-7). We are not hedging our bets when we acknowledge the promises of God feed our faith in Him to deliver on His word and to judge evil. To Satan and to evil itself God promises, “But God will break you down forever” (vs. 5). Plug in here prophetic Scriptures about the coming wrath of God toward those that reject His Son, Jesus Christ. Of course, it is not easy to be God’s messenger of His judgment. Thomas Watson said, “Christian Reader, There are two things, which I have always looked upon as difficult…to make the wicked sad; the other is to make the godly joyful.“ Followers of Christ can “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials” (James 1:2). Will you?
Last, God gives us a path to follow. Getting outside feels so good in this day of “Stay at Home.” Verses 8-9 woo us to the “joyful” exercise and praise for our position (“I am like a green olive tree [as] I trust in the lovingkindness of God”), our pleasure (“I will give You thanks forever”), and our posture (“I will wait”).
Let us so worship God in Christ by His Spirit with the fruit of Psalm 52 in these challenging days.