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Do You Indeed Speak Righteousness, O gods?

September 15, 2015

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Do You  Indeed  Speak Righteousness,  O gods?

There is a Bible verse  that puzzles many.     King David wrote  in Psalm 58:1-2,

Do you indeed  speak righteousness,  O gods?
Do you judge  uprightly,  O sons  of men?
No,  in heart  you work unrighteousness;
On earth  you weigh out  the violence  of your hands.

That Hebrew term,  “gods”  can sometimes refer  to the LORD God,  when the writer  is addressing  the LORD  regarding His righteous,  almighty strength  and power.     But,  when David makes it clear  that he is speaking to  “sons  of men”,  then we are  to realize  that David  is talking about  the mighty rulers  among men  —  mere men,  who are judges and leaders,  who have authority  over other people.     They pretend  to “speak righteousness”,  in their ungodliness.

The judges  and rulers  David is referring to   “work unrighteousness”  and “weigh out  the violence  of your hands”.     We see them  all around us.     If they are a judge  in our judicial system,  they are always  putting down  what is innocent,  good and right  —  and setting free  the criminals.     If they are government leaders,  they are always  making laws  that oppress  good,  godly people.

David could see that  —  we often see that  —  and God Almighty certainly sees that  —  and knows more  about what is  in the hearts and minds  of the wicked  than we could ever want  to know.     David prayed  that God would judge  all wicked judges and rulers  —  and was confident  that God would  at the right time.

In Psalm 58:11,  David assures us,

And men will say,  “Surely  there is a reward  for the righteous;
Surely  there is a God  who judges  on earth.

In all the injustice  we see  on earth,  we need  to remember  that the LORD God  will surely judge it all  in perfect righteousness.     God’s justice  in the end  will be  just a small part  of the “reward  for the righteous”.

Patiently waiting  for our LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank You,  Lord,  for Your love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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