Psalm 58


Psalm 58

1 Do you rulers indeed speak justly?

Do you judge uprightly among men?

2 No, in your heart you devise injustice,

and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

3 Even from birth the wicked go astray;

from the womb they are wayward and speak lies.

I can relate to that.  Original sin is a sound and well supported concept.  We are born with sinful natures and need to have them shaped and improved by parents.  But we still need a Savior because we can’t fix our sinful natures ourselves. 

I remember doing all sorts of bad things even as a 4-5 year old – lying, stealing, coveting and more.  Sinning came quite naturally to me. 

4 Their venom is like the venom of a snake,

like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,

5 that will not heed the tune of the charmer,

however skillful the enchanter may be.

6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;

tear out, O Lord, the fangs of the lions!

7 Let them vanish like water that flows away;

when they draw the bow, let their arrows be blunted.

8 Like a slug melting away as it moves along,

like a stillborn child, may they not see the sun.

9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—

whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.

10 The righteous will be glad when they are avenged,

when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.

11 Then men will say,

“Surely the righteous still are rewarded;

surely there is a God who judges the earth.”

 The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

David wanted to see God’s justice now.  But if God removed all evil at noon today, where would you be at 12:01?  I know I’d be destroyed. 

Still, it is good that we desire that evil be done away with.  Jesus defeated sin and death at the cross, so in a sense we already have the victory.  We can live our lives with confidence in that.  But there are still many things God wants to play out.

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