Lent Day 34

Day 34: Saturday, 13 April

Psalm 139:19-end

19 O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!
      Get out of my life, you murderers!
20 They blaspheme you;
      your enemies misuse your name.
21 O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you?
      Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?
22 Yes, I hate them with total hatred,
      for your enemies are my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
      test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
      and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

NLT

It’s not surprising that this some may consider this psalm better if this section were not included. We are jolted from the reverie of a warm embrace in the arms of Father God by this trumpet-blast call for vengeance.

For us who purport to follow and share a message of God’s love with the world the thought of hating seems rather barbaric. We should be careful, however, that while we are called to spread the Good News of a God who loves the world so much, we are not called to be nice to those who stand in opposition to God. Those who oppose God oppose his work and therefore oppose His Church. They are in conflict, and whether it’s by ideology or activity there is no difference. The Church brings to the world the Son who called light into being, who fought and defeated Satan, who acted in anger at those who distorted the truth of the Kingdom. We, too, must be ready to react strongly not only to injustice and unrighteousness in our world, but also to powers, authorities, forces of evil in heavenly realms that surface in our world.

We may act with meekness, but when the Kingdom is being attacked, we have to take a stand. It is not wrong to hate the evil in this world.

The Psalm concludes with a prayer for personal purity. You may find it rewarding to learn and store them for current or future use.

Should we also hate the perpetrators of evil in this world?

Search my heart, Father God, and surface anything that is not of you. Take my fears, my anxieties and replace them with perfect love. Amen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM0OkhmydCY – not quite sure about the dancing, but a lovely song.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Paul