Today’s devotional is adapted from the Portuguese-language “God with Us.”

“Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!”
Psalm 52:7 NIV

The root behind the word “destroy” means “to fall.” It indicates calamity or wickedness, perhaps making others fall.

We know the type who builds himself up by the systematic destruction of others.

But the exclamation of verse 7 is made by the righteous who point to such a person and laugh at his ruin caused by the Lord (verses 5-6).

As much as the wicked attempts to make the righteous fall, the latter will flourish like an olive tree in the house of God (verse 8).

Lord, I proclaim your name because it is good and praise you for what you do in my life, making me strong by growing in your Holy Spirit. Amen.


VanGemeren (EBC 5:384) organizes Psalm 52 according to this chiasmus:

A.  The Folly of Evil (1-4)
B.  God’s Complete Judgment (5)
B.’ Wisdom Derived from God’s Judgment (6-7)
A.’ The Blessing of Righteousness (8-9)

What do you think?