As the tabernacle is being completed according to God’s command, let’s turn our attention to another of David’s psalms. The majority of this psalm concerns someone David plainly dislikes. The heading informs us that it was written “When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: ‘David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.’” David writes this song looking forward to how “God will bring you down to everlasting ruin” and to a time where “the righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at you”.

It is easy to wonder if this psalm really exemplifies how we should think and feel about someone. I propose that this psalm is less an example of what we should think and feel and more an example of what to do when we feel this way. David holds nothing back from God, even his anger towards this person. The Bible is not a story of perfect people, nor do their words reflect perfect hearts, yet these psalms are Holy Spirit inspired. How can that be? The Spirit shows us, by example, the sort of prayers we are to take to God: those filled with our genuine thoughts and feelings. Even if God intends to chasten our hearts, God is pleased to do this when we approach God like David.