Positioned gracefully across the Book of Psalms is a string of seventy-one pearls, lovely beads of wisdom followed by the admonition SELAH which means, “Pause, think on these things, meditate.”
Psalm 52:1-3 “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? Your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor, you who practice deceit. You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Selah.”
This guy, this “mighty man,” reminds me of the wicked described in Psalm 36:1-4.
He doesn’t fear God,
he flatters himself too much
to even detect or hate his sin,
his words are wicked and deceitful,
he plots evil on his bed and accepts what is wrong.
And yet he is mighty. He seems to be prospering anyway.
This is true of many mighty men (and women) who don’t choose to fear God. Because they have successfully bullied their way through life, they think they have found a winning combination. They feel safe. They feel wise. And in their conceit, they boast of their evil, plotting ever more destruction.
Because they choose evil over good and falsehood over truth, this pearl tells us that they are a disgrace in the eyes of God. Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked. The evil that men do guarantees a payoff.
Psalm 14:1; 53:1; 73:1-28; Romans 1:19-25; Galatians 6:7