A Bible Devotion from Psalm 58
He is God Who Judges the Earth
1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones? Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men? 2 No, in heart you work wickedness; You weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth. . . . 9 Before your pots can feel the burning thorns, He shall take them away as with a whirlwind, as in His living and burning wrath. 10 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked, 11 So that men will say, â€œSurely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely He is God who judges in the earth.
Psalm 58:1-2 and 9-11, NKJV
WARNING: Psalm 58 is not politically correct! In our world today judgement for the wicked is not politically correct. Mercy is shown to everyone in the hopes of rehabilitating them. It sounds wonderful, and oh that it would be true! As Christians, we must understand the true heart of man. We are all conceived in sin, and that sin will never leave us while we live on this earth.
What can we do? How can we hope to face God in such a state? Sin came into this world through one man: Adam; delivery from this sin also came into this world by one Man: the God Man, Jesus Christ. Christ alone was not born in sin, but was born totally righteous and pure. He alone had the ability to pay for the sins of man.
Our only hope, then, is to fall before Christ asking for forgiveness from Him, and crying out to Him to deliver us from our sin and misery, claiming Him as the Lord and Master of our lives. It almost sounds too easy, doesn't it? Then why doesn't everyone cry out to God for salvation? The Bible says that few there are who find this life in Christ. Satan goes about like a lion deceiving and devouring man so effectively that few cry out to God for life.
What happens to the unbelievers? At the end of time, God will judge the wicked, and the saints will rejoice when they see the vengeance taken upon wicked people who refused to bow the knee to Christ.
What do we do now? As believers in Christ we continue to cry out for the salvation of the wicked and continue to ask God to help us be a testimony before the world of His righteousness, love, and power; and His forgiving grace to those who come to Him.
Pray today that God would make you a light that shines for Christ amidst the darkness of sin and misery all around you.
More Devotions on the 58th Psalm from my blog, Daily Bible Devotions
Judge Rightly, verses 1-5
God Judges the Earth, verses 6-11