God’s Punishment

“Oh that You would slay the wicked : for they speak against You with malicious intent; Your enemies take Your name in vain. I hate those who hate You and rise up against You; I count them as my enemies.” Psalm 139: 19-22

These words of the psalmist appear out of context with the rest of the psalm, and are contrary to the teachings of Jesus to love our enemies.  But we should understand two things: for the psalmist is speaking out of zeal for his God, and he hates those who hate Him: for God’s enemies are his.

Though these words are not as complimentary as some of his former words, perhaps they reflect the true feelings of the psalmist’s heart. And if you and I are honest, sometimes we feel the same emotions. When we do, we should do as the psalmist does in the next verses of Psalm 139.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting” Psalm 139: 23-24

Heavenly Father, as believers we are grieved to see and hear the name of God reviled and taken in vain. It is also frustrating to see some of the ways God is being dishonored, but the God I know and serve is big enough to fight His own battles. Remember when writing to believers at Rome, Paul wrote this admonition:  “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12: 19


Doris Lisemby