Vs. 1, “Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?” David’s psalm is responding to the horrific actions of Doeg the Edomite who slaughtered the eighty-five priests and all the people in the town of Nob. Question: Why? Because they had assisted David who was on the run from Saul. It was the tongue of Doeg that would bring their demise as he reported it to Saul (vs. 1-5). Doeg delighted in favor and wickedness. Yet, the righteous will find justice for the wicked will have consequences too (vs. 6-7). King David ends praising God as he considers the stark contrast of the wicked when compared to the righteous (vs. 8-9).
Regarding application…Olive Tree. Vs. 8, “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.” Question: What comes to mind when you think about the olive tree? I’m always reminded that Jesus would often teach at the Mount of Olives that overlooked Jerusalem. The olive tree was one of the most valuable trees in antiquity. It was a symbol of beauty, prosperity, and fruitfulness. The uses of olive oil were many; cooking, skin care, health, and healing. Olive oil was used to anoint people and provide light, both of which are symbolic of Christ. Question: Are you like an olive tree? Remember the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus often prayed was on the Mount of Olives.