Righteous Indignation | Psalm 52
Today’s Passage: Psalm 52
Key Verses: Psalm 52:6-8
For the director of music. A maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.
The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at you, saying, “Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!” But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.
As David was fleeing from the jealous King Saul he stopped by Nob where Ahimelek, the priest, provided food for his men. Unfortunately, Doeg the Edomite (never trust an Edomite) was in the crowd and spilled the beans to Saul. Saul went to Nob and ordered that all the priests be put to death. When none of Saul’s men would comply, Doeg stepped forward and killed 85 priests! Saul continued his outrageous act by completely wiping out the men, women, children and infants of Nob. One of Ahimelek’s sons escaped and reported the travesty to David. Psalm 52 is David’s response.
Read the entire psalm to feel David’s righteous indignation. He describes Doeg as a “disgrace in the eyes of God” who will be brought down to “everlasting ruin.” This will be the end result for all who live their lives destroying others, but where’s the grace?
I want to be careful here because I know some will misunderstand. Certainly, God is a God of grace and he is a God of justice. How can we see the destructive sin of others and not feel indignation? Jesus did. Remember the money changers in the temple? Yes, God’s grace is our only hope, but it is not a trump card for sin. We need to live with grace AND indignation toward sin. And…the indignation has to start with the sin in our own lives.
Father, help us not grow calloused to sin and its results. Never let us use grace as a license to sin or a trump card for others. Help our hearts beat with yours. Help us respond emotionally to sin…beginning in our own hearts. In Jesus’ name. Amen.