PSALMS 58 – 7/1/21
David seems to have entered the Princess Bride’s bog of perpetual misery in this section of the Psalms. It is easy for one who is at a peaceful place in life to say that these psalms are melding together. When one is in the crosshairs of an enemy, however, to him or her it seems eternal, and they can talk of nothing else. They are a broken record.
Let’s focus on David’s source of hope in his unrelenting affliction:
“Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth,” Ps. 58:11
- The righteous are shielded:
“After these events, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.””
Even if the enemy succeeds and kills their bodies, the righteous are ushered into their true and unending bliss. Believers in God are indestructible.
2. God is just:
“Far be it from You to do such a thing–to kill the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Will not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?””
“He judges the world with justice; He governs the people with equity,”
If mortal man sees the injustice of destroying the righteous with the wicked, how much more so the righteous Judge who sees all?
3. Relief will be soon, sure, and swift:
“Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—the wicked will be swept away,”
Thorns burn up fast and furiously, threatening a quick boil. The destruction of the enemy (thorns) will happen before the pot feels their heat. To the Israelites, trembling with dread at the sight of the approaching Egyptians to destroy them,
“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.”
4. You can be glad then and now:
“The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.”
“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For their fathers treated the prophets in the same way,”
May this knowledge strengthen and encourage us to endure hardship and keep the faith. Blessings, beloved!