Psalm 58

Psalm 58

Do not pay back yourself!

Everybody has some experiences in life that stir emotions and urge for revenge. The Bible says that revenge belongs to God. We can pray to God for revenge. However, it is up to God whether God would punish our enemies or not, and if so in what way. Our prayer is the most effective and only way for us to avoid our personal revenge.

Strong ones regard themselves as gods!

David poured out his heart to God. He had to spell out the situation that he saw. There were so many people who regarded themselves as gods. They did everything as they wanted. They made the whole world a jungle: “Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods? Do you judge people fairly? No, in your hearts you devise wrongs; your hands deal out violence on earth. The wicked go astray from the womb;    they err from their birth, speaking lies. They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like the deaf adder that stops its ear, so that it does not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter.”

Only God can judge those gods!

Because they do not fear others and ignore laws and regulations, only God can judge them. Ordinary people are judged by the laws and judges of the world. However, gods, those people who think that they can do whatever they want, will be judged by God: “O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord! Let them vanish like water that runs away; like grass let them be trodden down and wither. Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime; like the untimely birth that never sees the sun. Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!”

Righteous people will rejoice when God acts!                            

Our call is to praise God, love others, and share what we have with others. Judgment and revenge belong to God. We will just praise God when God exercise God’s power either through natural force or the force of others: “The righteous will rejoice when they see vengeance done; they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked. People will say, ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.’”

Then should we be silent in front of evil?

No, we will speak out with integrity. However, we will do it in non-violent way. We will speak gently but consistently. Then if we die, we will die. If we are hurt, we will be hurt. If we lose our beloved ones and property, we will lose them. However, we will not lose our faith, hope, and love. Because we know that there is the Judge in the world we can have peace in our mind. Because we know that there is life after death, we would not feel sorry actually.

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About biblepreacher

United Methodist Church Pastor. My wife, Hysung Hong Lee, is also a UMC pastor and my children are all grown and have their independent life. We have now empty nest. I and my wife are collecting some mission eggs now in that nest!
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