You love to destroy others with your words, you liar! But God will strike you down once and for all. He will pull you from your home and uproot you from the land of the living. Interlude
The righteous will see it and be amazed. They will laugh and say, “Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.” But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people.
The End Of The Wicked And The Peace Of The Godly
In this Psalm, written by David when and Doeg the Edomite, “dropped and dime” on David and told Saul that he had gone to the priest Ahimelech for help.
1 Samuel 21:1, 5-7, 22:22-23 NLT David went to the town of Nob to see Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech trembled when he saw him. “Why are you alone?” he asked. “Why is no one with you?” “Don’t worry,” David replied. “I never allow my men to be with women when we are on a campaign. And since they stay clean even on ordinary trips, how much more on this one!” Since there was no other food available, the priest gave him the holy bread—the Bread of the Presence that was placed before the Lord in the Tabernacle. It had just been replaced that day with fresh bread. Now Doeg the Edomite, Saul’s chief herdsman, was there that day, having been detained before the Lord . David exclaimed, “I knew it! When I saw Doeg the Edomite there that day, I knew he was sure to tell Saul. Now I have caused the death of all your father’s family. Stay here with me, and don’t be afraid. I will protect you with my own life, for the same person wants to kill us both.” (emphasis mine)
Jesus referred to this incident when the Pharisees complained that His disciples broke off and ate some heads of grain on the Sabbath saying that they were unlawfully harvesting grain on the Sabbath.
Matthew 12:3-4 NLT Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat.
While the Psalm address one individual it refers to a class of wicked people and later to a class of righteous people. It opens in the first stanza or interlude with a description of the character of the wicked. They are arrogant, treacherous, greedy, liars.
In the second stanza or interlude David predicts God’s destruction of the wicked in three stages. They will be struck down, torn away, and uprooted from the land of the living. The righteous will see this destruction.
The wicked trust in themselves, their own wisdom, their own strength, their wealth. The righteous trust is in God, His name, and His promises. He describes describes the righteous as a strong green olive tree thriving in the house of God (the temple).
Proverbs 18:10 NLT The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
“Men must not too much fluster us; our strength is to sit still. Let the mighty ones boast, we will wait on the Lord; and if their haste brings them present honour, our patience will have its turn by-and-by, and bring us the honour which excelleth.” (Spurgeon)