Key Verse: Verse 1 - “Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually."
Key Words: Why boastest thou thyself in mischief
This psalm is speaking of Doeg the Edomite. You can read about him in I Samuel 21 and 22.
The word mischief carries the idea of someone who enjoys being bad, hurtful, malignant.
A dear friend of mine just recently found out that his dear wife has Stage 4 malignant cancer. That’s bad news; that’s hurtful news. Well, the person filled with mischief is bad news because they are the malignant cancer.
Their tongue is malignant; it’s sharp and deceitful (verse 2).
Their attitude is malignant; they love evil more than good (verse 3).
But this malignant, mischievous person is headed for destruction (verse 5).
But why? Why are some people filled with mischief? The answer is simple. They enjoy seeing others hurt more than helped. They enjoy being a burden more than being a blessing. They enjoy gossip and talking about people more than reaching people for Christ. That’s why they are mischievous!!
The Alaskan wolf reminds me of a person who is filled with mischief. The wolves run in a pack and they hurt anything on four legs. They team up on their prey to kill it. Now, they do not kill to eat. They do not kill to provide for their young. They kill because they simply enjoy killing. That’s the mischievous person. They look for their human prey to hurt, injure, and leave emotionally scarred just for the “fun” of it.
You may know of someone like this but it’s wise to know that while they are hurting others, they are also hurting themselves. “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” Galatians 6:7.
What to do:
✞ Remember, it takes a hurting person to hurt others.
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