Psalm 58: The God Who Judges the Earth

Psalm for Meditation: The God Who Judges the Earth–Psalm 58:1-4; 9-11

Do you rulers indeed speak justly?
    Do you judge people with equity?
No, in your heart you devise injustice,
    and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

Even from birth the wicked go astray;
    from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
Their venom is like the venom of a snake,
    like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears…

9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—
    whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.
10 The righteous will be glad when they are avenged…
11 Then people will say,
    “Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
    surely there is a God Who judges the [whole] earth.”

As you read and meditate on this powerful psalm, reflect on one key verse (v 11), “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God Who judges the earth.” Even though it may appear sometimes like the “bad guys” win, they don’t. In the end, they do not. The same just God Who ruled the earth during King David’s time is the same just God of today. Our job is not to figure it all out; after all, trying to figure out God’s unfathomable workings is futile work. Rather, we are to continue trusting Him, knowing full well that the Lord works all things together for good for those who love and trust Him (Romans 8:28).

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