Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones? Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men? No, in your heart you work wickedness; You weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth. Psalm 58 NKJV
The psalmist had unrighteous judges in mind when he wrote this chapter. They were silent when they should have spoken up for righteousness. They did not judge impartially. How could that happen in a religious society with strict moral principles?
The children of Israel left their first love. They abandoned relationship with God. They replaced it with religion.
God revealed Himself to Israel yet they never really knew Him. God wanted their love. They gave Him unworthy sacrifice. He wanted their obedience and devotion. They believed meaningless rituals and strict legalism would appease the Lord.
Israel was led by evil men much of its history. They were evil and unrighteous because they turned their backs on the Righteous One!
Break their teeth in their mouth, O God! Break out the fangs of these young lions, O Lord! Vs 6
David prayed for evil men to reap the rotten fruit they sowed. Was that God’s will? God longed for Israel to turn to Him in their hearts. He wanted to shower them with His love!
These men led Israel into apostasy. God called them to be holy and separated unto Him. They took up the practices of the evil nations surrounding them!
They were arrogant. They looked down on other people. The people they led looked down on mixed race people and foreigners. They shunned the sick and needy.
Our nation has abandoned righteousness. Christians have become the minority. Very few revere the scriptures as absolute truth. The Word of God is twisted distorted and ignored to support the morals of people whose conscience has become dull.
So that men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Sure He is God who judges the earth.” Vs 11
God judges our actions. He knows our secret thoughts and hidden desires.
Stand up for righteousness. It will spread to your family friends and neighbors. Do not look down on people who are different or have less than you. Your love and support can shine the light of truth and love of Jesus into their lives!
There is a reward awaiting people who stand up for righteousness. His Name is Jesus Christ. He is the righteous judge of all the earth!
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