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David was the prince. Son-in-law to King Saul. He was leading Israel to victories against the once mighty Philistine army. Yet, Saul, the King, was jealous of David, fearful for his son, Jonathan, and done with God. He used Doeg, the ancestor of Esau, to lie and accuse David of treachery and deceit. Based upon Doeg’s lie, Saul began the hunt for David.  

This psalm is a prophecy of Doeg’s eventual ruin. It came true. Doeg bet on Saul, Israel’s Godless King and lost it all. In life, it sometimes feels like the better bet is the “survival of the fittest” mentality. If we make our own needs our priority, we will always come out on top.  Sadly, that trick never works.  When we become selfless, humble and passionate about God and about others–then God has the ability to meet our needs, direct our path and protect us from a very evil world.

David was on the run for a long time. Still God prepared, protected and provided for him until one day he would become Israel’s greatest King. Doeg, conversely lost everything and died in obscurity as a sad footnote. Given those options, Jesus words in Matthew 6:33 still ring true, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you!” We must make sure we put our faith in what is real, lasting and eternal.

God Bless You

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
    He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
    he will uproot you from the land of the living.
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.
For what you have done I will always praise you
    in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
    for your name is good.