Expressing Anger

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Psalm 52

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Expressing Anger

David had reason to be very angry when he wrote this psalm. He had been betrayed to Saul, and many people were murdered because of it. You can read the story in 1 Sam. 21 and 22. David felt that it was at least partly his fault—he had seen Doeg and feared he would betray them. He could have gotten caught up in revenge, but notice how he ends this psalm. Do you think putting your feelings into music or other art might help to keep them from burning out of control?

Day 178

God of justice, we can leave all “getting even” in Your hands, because only You can read their hearts, too! All mortals are Your children, and perhaps You can yet save some that look wicked to us—but not if we take our own revenge on them!

Today's Study Verses

Psalm 52:8

Psalm 52


52 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

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.

The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

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.

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

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.