the 58th Psalm : Daily in the Psalms Morning Devotional

Daily in the Psalms : Psalm 58

A study daily devotion of the book of psalms 58
THE CONDEMNATION OF THE WICKED

Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.  
Psalms 58:2-3

The root of wickedness is that menís hearts are separated from God. This is a fact that society in general does not want to accept.  All are sinners because sin has been passed down to every man from Adam. Sin and its wickedness are transmitted from one generation to the next.
 
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Romans 5:12

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnationÖ
Romans 5:18

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  
Romans 3:23

Every person is born into sin.  People have different personalities and some are affected by their sin nature differently and more profoundly than others.  The sin nature of some is more terrible in itís activity and strength.  That does not mean that some are less in need of Godís mercy and grace; it just means that some people are more wicked than others in their thoughts and actions.
 
Every precious baby that is born into this world has within them the nature of sin born of the flames of Hell itself.  That nature has as its intent to destroy and lead that person into a life of ruin and misery.  Unless overcome by the Grace of a loving and merciful God, that nature will spring up and control that person for great evil.





THE CONDEMNATION OF THE WICKED - Continued


Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;  
Psalms 58:1-4

I believe it is appropriate that we should cover this Psalm at a time when the National Election is on the minds of so many.  These verses speak to those that are in power and deal wickedly in their position.  The Psalmist speaks of the wicked judges.  After he speaks about them and to them, he deals with wickedness of people in general.
 
The Misappropriation Of Justice By The Wicked
 
Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?  
Psalms 58:1

These words are spoken in bitter sarcasm.  The Psalmist indicates that they are ignorant when it comes to dealing justly with others.  They will not speak up for righteousness, therefore cannot judge uprightly.  They pretended to hold the balance of justice, but violence was the weight with which they adjusted their scales.
 
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.  
Psalms 58:2

It never serves justice when those appointed to administer justice cannot or will not pronounce justice according to their conscience or the specifics of law and honor.  Instead they are prone to heed the pleas of their associates and friends. Not only do they misuse the great trust that is given to them, but they injure their fellow man. Hypocrites and liars violate justice rather than administer it.  The Bible says that those in power are to be ministers, but the wicked become like serpents.  
 
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;  
Psalms 58:4

The Psalmist makes three charges against them:
1 Ė They were silent when they should have declared righteousness
2 Ė Their hearts were bent to wickedness
3 Ė Under the pretense of justice, they did evil
 
The result was, in the place of judgment, there was wickedness and in the place of righteousness, there was iniquity.

THE CONDEMNATION OF THE WICKED - Continued

 

Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
Psalms 58:4-5

The adder has no ears to stop, this is a clear message that wicked men stop their ears to the cause of the righteous.  They are not deaf, but by stopping their ears, they make themselves deaf.  I have heard about some snakes that can be charmed and I have heard that some snakes cannot be charmed.  I believe there are some men that are so wicked that they cannot be influenced for good. They harden themselves and their hearts against the Word and grace of God.  They strengthen themselves for evil and prepare themselves for their inevitable ruin and destruction.  The wicked that are spoken of here are not those that just have a sin nature, but those that have allowed that sin nature to go on unchecked and have even nourished it.  They have not resisted evil and have rejected any attempt to help them do so.
 
Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
Acts 7:51

There are those that continually resist the influence that God sends upon them and get to the point that they not only have a tendency to evil, but they are controlled to the point that evil becomes irresistible.
 
His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.  
Proverbs 5:22

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
Jeremiah 13:23

They stopped their ears because they were eagerly pursing wickedness. They stopped their ears to:
The cries of men in need of justice
The invitation of God to do right and the warning of God concerning their wickedness
The working of their own conscience
 
Men who willfully close their eyes to the light will always become blind.  Those that willfully close their ears against Godís voice will always become deaf.  The Bible says that sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.

THE CONDEMNATION OF THE WICKED - Continued

 

Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.  
Psalms 58:6-9

Because these men are wholly given to wickedness and cannot be convinced to change, the Psalmist now prays that God would destroy their power to continue their wickedness.  He no longer portrays them as serpents, but as lions that need to have their teeth broken so they can no longer devour their prey.  These verse show us the destination or the consummation of the wicked:
 
The Power Of The Wicked Shall Be Destroyed

These wicked men were like young lions, with vigor and power to do evil. The Psalmist is praying for God to break that power.
 
The Plans Of The Wicked Shall Be Defeated

The idea here is that the arrows of the wicked will miss their mark, it would be like their points were broken off.  
 
The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.  Psalms 33:10

The End Of The Wicked Shall Be Failure And Ruin

Sin always causes a person to miss the mark for their life and that life is in the end wasted and can be summed us as a failure.  
 
In the desert the thorns are gathered to be used for the cooking fire. The indication here is that the whirlwind will come and blow them away before their heat can even touch the cooking pots.  So shall the wrath of God sweep away the wicked.  The ruin of the wicked is seen as sudden and without remedy.  
 
May we be reminded today of the wages of sin and rejoice in the Lordís absolute control.  We have no need to fret over the wicked; the Lord will see that they get their due.

THE EFFECTS OF THE JUDGMENT OF THE WICKED ON OTHERS
 


The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.  
Psalms 58:10-11

It Brings Satisfaction To The Righteous

The washing of their feet in the blood of the wicked is an indication of the victor walking in the flowing blood of the defeated on the battlefield. The righteous rejoice that the wicked do not see the victory they intended, but are disgraced in utter defeat, by the mighty hand of God.
 
It Brings Conviction To Men In General

When the final account of the wicked is given and seen by all, men will be convicted and convinced that the world is in the hands of a righteous God. May we bow before God today and ask that He be exalted in all that happens and that men may know that He is in control.  
 
May all men learn before it is too late that walking contrary to the grace of God will lead to a bitter end
May all men seek to experience the grace of God that their wicked nature can be renewed by His Spirit
May those that are pursuing evil see the end of others that have taken that path and repent and turn to Christ
May all men understand the love of God for His people and the wrath of God against wickedness and evildoers
And may the people of God develop a strong and consistent faith that Godís way is always the best way


 

 





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Danny "Preacher" Bezet
Victory Baptist Church
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Baytown, TX 77521
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