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This passage was written by David as he described Doeg an Edomite who was a dangerous and ungodly man. Doeg is called a “mighty man” (v. 1) because he was the chiefest of the herdsmen that belonged to Saul (I Samuel 2:7). Any hatred King Saul had toward David was magnified and intensified in the heart of Doeg.
In those days David was a fugitive most of the time. King Saul had already made 16 attempts to murder David. Because of this David decided to flee the country and find refuge with the Philistines. In the process David visited Ahimelech the priest (I Samuel 21:1-9). When Ahimelech saw David coming he was not eager to meet him because he had a fear of King Saul. In order to get rid of him quickly he gave David the consecrated loaves from the table of shewbread in the holy place in the Tabernacle. These loaves had been set aside by divine decree for use by the priests only.
Doeg had a deceitful tongue as sharp as a razor (vv. 2-4). He told the king that David had visited the priest, Ahimelech, but he did not tell Saul the circumstances and this gave the impression that Ahimelech was being disloyal to the king. When a person tells a half truth simply for the sake of doing evil and bringing ruin to others it is the worst sort of things you can do. Doeg was responsible for making things look bad for Ahimelech.
There are times when wickedness seems to triumph and it may appear that God is blind and deaf to the evil deeds of men. However, God had his own reasons for prolonging judgment. I need to remember that God holds me responsible for my words and actions every day regardless of how soon He brings it to my attention.
Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day. Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.
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Psalms 49:1-15Observation of The Prosperity of The Wicked
Psalms 49:16-20The Hope of The Righteous is Eternal
Psalms 50:1-6The Lord Came to Judge
Psalms 50:7-15The Lord’s Indictment Against Formalism
Psalms 50:16-23The Lord’s Indictment Against Hypocrisy
Psalms 51:1-9An Appeal to God’s Love And Compassion
Psalms 51:10-13David Petitioned God For Inward Renewal
Psalms 51:14-19A Prayer For General Prosperity
Psalms 52:1-4The Destruction of a Man of Treachery
Psalms 52:5-7Destroying Others to Make Yourself Look Good
Psalms 52:8-9The Destiny of The Man of Faith
Psalms 53:1-6God’s View of The Human Race
Psalms 54:1-7The Confident Prayer For Deliverance
Psalms 55:1-14David’s Terrifying Oppression
Psalms 55:15-23David’s Painful Betrayal