Vs. 1, “Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?” David is referrring to Doeg, who was an offical of King Saul’s. Doeg had spied on David when he saw David flee to Ahimelech, the priest at Nob. Unfortunately, we read in the past that this report angered Saul so much that Saul had the priests at Nob murdered. Perhaps David wrote this upon hearing of this news. We see a stark contrast from David who had sin in the previous psalm to Doeg who had sinned and boasted of it. But David knew something about God,,,,that God will bring forth judgment to the wicked.
Regarding application…Deceitful Tongue. Vs. 4, “You love every harmful word, O you deceitful tongue.” When you look at the actions of Doeg…it was his tongue that did its damage. Of course, the tongue can be a force of good or evil. We are reminded in the book of James how such a small part of the body can work like the rutter of a ship. While we may not have gone so far as to boast of our sins like Doeg, perhaps the use of our tongue has grieved God? Each of us must be careful to discern the line between conversation or gossip & slander. Though our tongues may not cause the death of many…it still can do far more damage than we may ever realize. Let’s guard our tongues and be quick to listen and slow to speak!