quid gloriaris

David condemneth the wickedness of Doeg, and foretelleth his destruction.

  1. Unto the end, understanding for David,
  2. When Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul David went to the house of Achimelech. [1 Kings 22]
  3. Why dost thou glory in malice, thou that art mighty in iniquity?
  4. All the day long thy tongue hath devised injustice: as a sharp razor, thou hast wrought deceit.
  5. Thou hast loved malice more than goodness: and iniquity rather than to speak righteousness.
  6. Thou hast loved all the words of ruin, O deceitful tongue.
  7. Therefore will God destroy thee for ever: he will pluck thee out, and remove thee from thy dwelling place: and thy root out of the land of the living.
  8. The just shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, and say:
  9. Behold the man that made not God his helper: But trusted in the abundance of his riches: and prevailed in his vanity.
  10. But I, as a fruitful olive tree in the house of God, have hoped in the mercy of God for ever, yea for ever and ever.
  11. I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name, for it is good in the sight of thy saints.

This Psalm reminds me of the Sun Tzu quote from Art of War

As a Christian, remember that you have already won. If you have remained righteous, just, and true (and repented deeply when you didn’t) then you have nothing the enemy can take from you. All of their attacks on you are the throes of someone lashing out as they die, and they know it. They have nothing they can take from you. The martyrs understood this well.

This is also how you are able to love your enemies even as they persecute you. In fact, it’s the only way to love them. Any other way is only you seeking their worldy comforts, which is not real.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Chad Bannister (@chadbh)


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *