If you take a look at 1 Samuel chapter 22, you can get the background scoop on this “song.” And how interesting is it to write a song about your enemy? I sure wish I could hear the music to this one. I’ve included the NLT version of the part of the song that speaks about the evil that Doeg the Edomite did:
1 You call yourself a hero, do you? Why boast about this crime of yours, you who have disgraced God’s people? 2 All day long you plot destruction. Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor; you’re an expert at telling lies. 3 You love evil more than good and lies more than truth. Interlude 4 You love to say things that harm others, you liar! 5 But God will strike you down once and for all. He will pull you from your home and drag you from the land of the living. Interlude
6 The righteous will see it and be amazed. They will laugh and say, 7 “Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.”
The thing that I got out of this Psalm is how consequences will result from sin. Doeg obviously felt he would win favor with Saul by lying about Ahimelech. But what he didn’t consider is what happens if David replaces Saul. In the end, “the righteous” saw and were amazed at the punishment.
Better to seek God and where He’s moving. Better to stand on what you know is right, to not lie and seek to stir up anger for selfish gain, no matter how it may seem to benefit you in the short-term.
Thank You, God, for Your perfect justice. Help me to seek You and You alone for my every action, word and deed.