Psalms 52: Being Like an Olive Tree
Psalms 52 begins with a description of the destructive power of words, but I want to bring you to the end of the chapter today because I think that it shows again the difference between trusting in our stuff and trusting in God.
Psa 52:4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.
Psa 52:5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
Psa 52:6 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:
Psa 52:7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
Psa 52:8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
Psa 52:9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.
These people are the ones who are not trusting God. They are the ones who are being referred to in verse seven. They are strengthening themselves in their wickedness by tearing other people down. They are the ones who are being destroyed in verse five. They have trusted in their own words or their own riches.
Contrast that to the one who made God his strength. He is like an olive tree. On one hand, that might not make a lot of sense, but trees are strong. They don’t just move around easily. They are also entirely dependent on nature. They don’t go hunting for food. They depend on rain, air, sunlight and nutrients in the soil.
That is what we want to be like. We want to be solid and strong, but we also want to be entirely dependent on God. He does more for us than we could ever do for ourselves.