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Psalm 139

Psalm 139

O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers! They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name. O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you? Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you? Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies.” Ps. 139:19-22

  • The God who Judges All

David demonstrated that God was present everywhere, that He knew everything and that He constantly had us in mind. He was impressed by the indescribable nature of God. These glorious divine characters rejoiced him but also developed indignation in his heart towards the slanderers who insulted God’s divine attributes by their impudence. David knew that God was present everywhere and this meant that the wicked rebelled by profaning God’s holy presence by their sinful deeds. He knew God saw everything and yet the impious persist of sinning without bothering that God’s eyes are constantly on them. He felt that it was outrageous to God that sinners blasphemed so blatantly.

When Goliath insulted the army of Israel, David was personally hurt by the insults made to God. He did not look at his feebleness but his zeal led him to stand alone against Goliath. Goliath blasphemies were abominable in God’s presence and so in David’s presence. David had to remove this shameful wickedness in his eyes.

When David heard the insults of Goliath he said “Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Samuel 17:26

This was the kind of hatred David had against those who insulted the God he worshiped. David’s hatred against the wicked was rooted in his love and zeal for God. Eliab did not understand the sensibility David had.

Paul also told the Corinthians that wickedness should not be tolerated among Christians.

But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.” 1 Cor. 5:11-13

Those who do not know Christ should lovingly be helped to get out of their dark lives. It is better to be in fellowship with sinners than with those who profess to be Christians and insult our Lord .

 “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work” (Titus 1:16).

In 1 Corinthians, Paul talked about the immorals who claimed to be Christian and stood among the saints. Have no fellowship, expel them, do not associate with them and do not even eat with such people. How many church leaders are ready to take this decision by cleansing from the house of God the shameful children of iniquities? If our good Lord was physically present, I guess He would have again made a whip and chase the evildoers out of His presence (John 2:15). God is not necessarily pleased by the presence of everyone who calls Him Lord at church. Even if on earth, the church leaders fear of taking disciplinary actions by removing the source of wickedness among the saints. It will not be so in heaven. Jesus said:

 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Mat. 7:21-23

There exists a ‘holy hatred’ which finds its root from holiness and zeal for God. It is not issued from pride or super-spirituality but from the desire to live like priests in God’s tabernacle (1 Pet. 2:9). Paul talked about hating even the garment defiled by the flesh (Jude 1:23) to illustrate that we should not even be in contact with anything stained by sins. David, Paul and Jesus voiced out clearly their hatred against sin. Their actions proved that they were radical, intransigent and adamant when it had to do with God’s honor. Showing tolerance or no concern to wickedness make us enemies of God.

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrews 13:4

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Ps 139:23,24

David expressed his deep hatred against the wickedness found in man and then he dared to ask the One who sees everything, knows everything, judges everything and is present everywhere to examine his heart. This risky request is bound to make David guilty and yet David still wants God to expose his inner thoughts. David was not challenging God to find sin in his heart but rather asked God to help him discover sins so that he might get rid of them. Not only did he hate the wickedness found in others but also the presence of it in his own heart.

 

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Posted September 9, 2014 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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