This Psalm from The Passion Translation really spoke to me this morning as I studied and prayed for our nation
Judge of the Judges
Psalm 58 For the Pure and Shining One
King David’s golden song of instruction
To the tune of “Do Not Destroy”
1–2 God’s justice? You high and mighty politicians know nothing about it!
Which one of you has walked in justice toward others?
Which one of you has treated everyone right and fair?
Not one! You only give “justice” in exchange for a bribe.
For the right price you let others get away with murder.
3–4 Wicked wanderers even from the womb, that’s who you are!
Lying with your words, your teaching is poison.
5 Like cobras closing their ears to the most expert of the charmers,
you strike out against all who are near.
6 O God, break their fangs; shatter the teeth of these ravenous lions!
7 Let them disappear like water falling on thirsty ground. Let all their weapons be useless.
8 Let them be like snails dissolving into the slime.
Let them be cut off, never seeing the light of day!
9 God will sweep them away so fast that they’ll never know what hit them.
10 The godly will celebrate in the triumph of good over evil. And the lovers of God will trample
the wickedness of the wicked under their feet!
11 Then everyone will say, “There is a God who judges the judges”
and “There is a great reward in loving God!”
Verse 9 says that the Lord will sweep them away so fast that they’ll never know what hit them! Hallelujah! Yet, I take that as a two-edged sword. First, I’m glad we win – that evil will not prevail over the church! And yet, it also means we didn’t reach them with the gospel, the truth that Jesus is Lord and that He came to save whomsoever will. What a shame! Somber thought.
But, we also need to understand that the Lord made even the wicked for destruction. Some will not turn from evil or wickedness, no matter how often the Lord tries to reach them.
[Proverbs 16:4 KJV] The LORD hath made all [things] for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Further, sometimes we are supposed to call for the destruction of the wicked – look what the Lord said to King Ahab –
[1 Kings 20:42 NKJV] Then he said to him, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Because you have let slip out of [your] hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore your life shall go for his life, and your people for his people.’ “
So how do we reconcile that? I think we try and reach the wicked until we feel a release from the Lord and once that occurs, we give them over to the Lord for destruction. Even calling for Him to fulfill His Word on that.
[Psalm 149:6-9 NKJV] 6 [Let] the high praises of God [be] in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, 7 To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples; 8 To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron; 9 To execute on them the written judgment–This honor have all His saints. Praise the LORD!
Father, we know how often You have reached out to us – and, to the wicked. – again and again and again. We have been praying that the wicked would turn from their evil ways, repent and receive salvation and forgiveness for their sins. Yet, I sense their souls are seared and they will not turn. Lord, please execute Your vengeance upon them. Release the punishment You have reserved for them and bring them all down. Lord, You know them just as You know us. Have Your way Lord! If they will not turn, then remove them, remove their influence and uphold the righteous. Show the world You are Lord and You will have Your way no matter what the nations may think. Have Your way Lord! In Jesus’ matchless name we pray. Amen!