God, Let Me Like a Spreading Tree (Psalm 52)

Scripture References

Thematically related:

Further Reflections on Scripture References

Psalm 1 serves as a parallel passage in which the role of both the righteous and the wicked are contrasted.
The reference to growth and maturation is found in John 15:1-8.
Stanzas 2 and 3 express disdain for the wickedness of those who refused to follow God, and similar ideas surface, for instance, in Psalm 139:19-22, as well as other imprecatory Psalms.

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

This song speaks about the fall into sin and the resulting sinfulness of the human race. God’s people are called to be aware of the fall. Belgic Confession, Article 14 summarizes the fall and its impact with these words: “They subjected themselves willingly to sin and consequently to death and the curse...”
Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 3, Question and Answer 7 points out that “this fall has so poisoned our nature that we are all conceived and born in a sinful condition.” Yet, God’s people are also called to know about God’s grace, which is freely given, despite the depravity of the world. Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 14 claims that “we prove each day apart from grace that we are guilty sinners...”

God, Let Me Like a Spreading Tree (Psalm 52)

Additional Prayers

Holy God, your love is both fierce and tender.
Nourish and prune us through your Word and Spirit,
so that we may grow in truth, in peace, and in joy,
bearing fruit in this world, which you dearly love. Amen.

A Petitionary Prayer
O God, lover of your good creation, let me like a spreading tree grow inside your love so that my leaves and twigs and branches and trunk may together say that you are the God who loves human life, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

God, Let Me Like a Spreading Tree (Psalm 52)

Tune Information

E♭ Major

Musical Suggestion

Sing slowly and softly. Sts. 1-2 in particular should be sung with a sense of weariness or exhaustion. It would also be effective to use st. 3 alone as a frame for the reading of the psalm. Or sts. 1-2 could be spoken, concluding with the singing of st. 3.
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