May 28 - Psalm 139:19-20

Monday, May 28, 2012

May 28 - Psalm 139:19-20

If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 

Those wicked people.  Isn’t it frustrating that they seem to always be around doing their thing, living their lives and sometimes even flourishing?

We’ve all had those people in our lives.  I knew a girl when I was younger who seemed to have everything.  All her material needs were met, she was bright and did well in school.  Nothing ever really went wrong in her life.  She married a guy who continued to take care of her, had kids, got a good job … on and on and on.  And she was a hideous person. She was a terrible gossip; when it came to competition for things, she was cut throat and mean!  She said awful things about people to teachers attempting to get better grades and take others down.  I could never figure out how things continued to go well for her.  I don’t know what has happened to her at this point and I would never wish evil on anyone, but it drove me nuts!

The Psalmist was frustrated with those who were wicked, yet it seemed as if God left them alone.  There was no obvious punishment for their wickedness, even if they spoke badly against the Lord!

How is it that the God who knows each of us so intimately can allow that type of behavior?

The Psalmist doesn’t have an answer to that question yet, but before the week is over, we’ll uncover the right response.