Psalm 58

Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge uprightly among men? 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 and speak lies. Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears, that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be.

Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; tear out, O LORD, the fangs of the lions! Let them vanish like water that flows away; when they draw the bow, let their arrows be blunted. Like a slug melting away as it moves along, like a stillborn child, may they not see the sun.

Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns- whether they be green or dry-the wicked will be swept away. The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked. Then men will say, “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.”

A day is coming soon when all the corrupt and ungodly leaders will be swept from office, when a person’s character will again be an indicator of his destiny. It will be a day when law and justice are synonymous terms again and when an innocent person will have no fear of the authorities.

But before that can happen, the complacency and indifference of the people will have to be rooted out. And that will take a catastrophic intervention by God Himself.

So how big will God’s wake-up call have to be? Pretty big, I’m afraid. According to the Lord Jesus it will be unequaled from the beginning of the world until now and never to be equaled again. (Matt. 24:21) On average, over a million people will die every day during that time and even then multitudes will refuse to see what (or Who) is coming.

Yes, one day soon God will intervene catastrophically to judge the world’s complacency and indifference to sin. He has to do this in order to restore us to the conditions of blessing He’s always intended for us. In the mean time take heart, for the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from trials, while holding the unrighteous for the Day of Judgment. (2 Peter 2:9) Then men will say, “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.”

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