A New Meditation on Psalm 112 - Part 12
“The wicked will see it and be grieved; he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked shall perish.” Psalm 112:10
Today’s devotional is difficult because it is never God’s intent to condemn the world. That is not why Jesus came. He came not to condemn but to save. The message may seem to be condemnation because we live in a culture which accepts only minimal personal accountability if any at all for the willful actions it takes. The popular thought is everything of suffering in our lives is the result of someone else’s action against us. There are those who believe we are all victims and nothing is ever the result of our bad choices.
But the heart of this message is to express hope for broken, faulty people, who are immersed in the deceptions of the culture and the spirit of wickedness behind it. God’s heart goes out to them because they don’t know what they are doing. But, if they reject the gift of love and salvation offered in Jesus Christ there is no other hope for them.
It is not God’s desire that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Those who have not confessed that Jesus is Lord are living now under condemnation. They are all, just as we were before we received Jesus, destined for death, the grave and hell.
But in Jesus we have been redeemed from the condemnation of sin and translated into the Kingdom of righteousness and peace with God. Some foolishly think that their good works or sweet dispositions are all that’s needed to earn God’s favor and to qualify for Heaven. Even worse are those who deny there is a hell or a heaven at all. They live as though this life is all there is. They account themselves superior in love and compassion to any concept of God.
Be sure of this, no human being is more compassionate or more loving than God.
The righteous live in direct opposition to the wicked; they worry, we rest, they fear, we love. They hate righteousness and run from it. We love righteousness and pursue it. They are insensitive to the needs of the poor. We are compassionate and give to the poor.
They are haters of God, lawless, arrogant, lovers of self. We are those who hear the Word and do it. We love God and make every effort to live and love according to the truth and we esteem others more highly than ourselves. So does this make us perfect and sanctimoniously pious above all others? Not at all, but, we have been given a rank by faith in God that places us in the position to be servants to all and in that lowliness we are exalted.
We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but God has made provision for the righteous to be continually brought to the seat of mercy to find grace and obtain mercy to help in time of need.
Because the wicked deny God, in the time of adversity they have nowhere to turn. For the sake of the righteous, when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against him. But the wicked have no hope.
Verse 10 is a prophetic reference concerning the future of Satan and his minions. They are doomed to eternal torment and separation from God. Take a moment and read Isaiah 14: 3-21. The end of the devil and all the wicked is utter destruction. But the righteous will always be remembered before the presence of God.
“Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.” Psalm 112:6
The judgment of God’s justice is real. And He alone has the authority to give life to whom He chooses and to take life away according to His righteous will. Those who live their lives without a respect for the power and authority of God are wretched indeed. Sadly, there will always be those who regard men more than God, but we are not of them.
Our hope is in God through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Him alone. And that hope will not be disappointed. Facing the threats of men, we do not fear, because greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
Yet, for all of this there is still hope for every one as long as they live, there is still grace enough to meet every need, if anyone is willing to accept it. Righteousness is God’s gift to us: unmerited and full of grace, because of what Jesus has sacrificed for us. In Him we have life and that more abundantly.
If you have nothing else to rejoice in today, rejoice in this. You belong to God, you are His treasure and you have a great and glorious future ahead of you for all eternity.