Praying through the Psalms

Praying through the Psalms

Friday, May 19, 2017

Who Does God Hate?

Psalm 11:4-5
The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
    his eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    he hates with a passion.


In this context, David is fleeing from King Saul. His friends are telling him to flee to the mountains, but David is saying "not so fast", I have God on my side. David realizes that ultimately God is in control, and he sees and knows everything that is going on.  He not only see everyone, but examines them and separates the rigtheous from the wicked.  The word "righteous" means the one who walks rightly and does the deeds God requires.  

Make know bones about it, David says the Lord "hates with a passion" those who love violence.  It is not often the bible says that God hates anything, but he hates those who do these wicked things to the righteous with a passion. Therefore, again David says, "In the Lord I take refuge."  As David keeps focused on God and puts His trust in Him, he is confident God will bring justice. And most importantly the upright will see God's face.  As David takes refuge in the Lord he is sustained by seeing and knowing God.  

Who do you take refuge in?  When people throw stones at you, where do you run?  Though David had trouble all around him, he did not flee in fear but held his ground.  He knew his enemies would ultimately be judged rightly by the Lord.  God sees your problems and he sees you.  Take refuge in Him and you do not need to be paralyzed by fear.  

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