Seeing Jesus in Psalm 52 - Easier Said than Done

Psalm 52:8 -"But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever."


David writes Psalm 52 from the position of one in difficulty and one who has been betrayed yet he still makes a bold assertion, "I will trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever."  Those words are easy to say, in fact they are so easy to say that they have become almost cliche.  They are easy to say but hard to do.  Its easy to say I trust God especially when life is good but it is hard to put that into practice, especially when life is not so good.  When life is hard trusting God is easier said than done.


David however both said it and did it and in doing so stands as an example for all of us.  Last night I was struggling and as I read David's words I was gripped by the reality of them, here was a man in dire circumstances yet he was still trusting God.  David was a sinner and at times his life was out of control but when you read these words and you know that he lived them out its easy to see why he was called "a man after God's own heart."  He had that type of faith and here in the midst of difficulty and betrayal it showed.  Its hard to trust in the hard times, yet David did.


Last night I was struggling as my middle son dealt with sickness and a fever.  He has a seizure disorder and has had 3 big seizures in life (most likely gran mal), each time he also was running a fever.  It has been 23 months since the last one but still when he gets a fever we are quick to give him motrin amd other fever reducers, anything to keep him from going through another seizure.  Last night however was different.   He wouldn't take the medicine, in fact he threw it up, so we tried to trick him and put it in food but he simply would not eat.  It was a hopeless feeling. 


He and my wife then went and laid down and I did the only thing I could do, I prayed.  This situation was 100% out of my control.  I prayed and I read and I came across David's words in Psalm 52, words that said he was trusting in God's steadfast love forever.  Those were comforting words but at that moment I'm not sure they were words I could live out.  I could say them but could I live them?


So I prayed and I prayed and sometimes I trusted and sometimes I didn't.   Sometimes I was at peace and sometimes I literally felt like I would throw up or at best hyperventilate.   It was a hard few hours yet David's words of trust brought to a statement I fully believed: "there is nothing in your life that God hasn't either caused or allowed."  So as I clung to that I realized that God had allowed what we were going through to happen and I did the only thing I could, I trusted.  I trusted that God would keep him from a seizure and I trusted if He didn't then there was a purpose in not.  I trusted at least for a minute but then I was back and forth.  Wavering, washing too and fro. 


David however didn't waver, he trusted.  Like "a green olive tree" he trusted.  The picture he wants us to see is that he is unmovable.   He is trusting and clinging to God in the midst of the storm.  Easy to say but hard to do.  Yet David did it, trusting in the one who is the "true olive branch (Romans 11:17), trusting in Jesus.  We must do the same in the good times and the bad times.  We must trust in the Lord with all of our hearts, even in the middle of enemies and hardship.  To God be the glory!