Archive for September 5th, 2012

Psalm 58

Psalm 58 has a list of things about the ‘gods’ – lower case – and just how pathetic worshipping them really is.  These ‘gods’:

–       “in your hearts you devise wrongs

–       your hands deal out violence on earth

–       estranged from the womb

–       go astray from birth

–       speaking lies

–       venom like the venom of a serpent

These gods are not the real God – and their desires are selfish and not good.

The psalmist calls upon God to deal harshly with these ‘gods’.  He asks:

–       “break the teeth in their mouths

–       tear out the fangs of the young lions

–       Let them vanish like water that runs away

–       when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted

–       Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime

–       like the stillborn child who never sees the sun

–       Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns….may he sweep them away

The psalmist wants these gods to be destroyed.  They are evil and not something anyone should follow or seek.

There is a difference for those who love the true God vs those who chase false gods.  “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth”.  Reward for those who follow God.  That is what we can expect.  God will judge, and those who chase false gods will pay a price for that.  They will not be blessed or rewarded but will in fact feel the vengeance of the Lord.  God will “bathe His feet in the blood of the wicked”.  He does not tolerate worship of a false God.  It is not ok.  Are you walking with the true God?

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