Hated for Him
Verse 10 The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
The psalmist ends this song of praise with the response of the wicked to the righteousness of God’s people. We may not often think about the world having a response to our righteousness but they do. And it is seldom a positive response.
The differences between the righteous and the wicked seem like they would be very clear, the righteous always do good and the wicked always do evil, right? The truth of the matter is that it isn’t always so cut and dry. The righteous are still human and so still can struggle with sin, and the wicked or unsaved can be some of the kindest, most generous people we will ever meet. So what is the real difference?
The only way we can be righteous – right in God’s eyes – is through the shedding of blood, specifically Christ’s blood. We are counted as holy because Jesus lived a holy life and died in our place. We have been purchased and claimed by the God of the universe. He is the reason we are righteous and so He is the reason the wicked may despise us.
It isn’t easy knowing that we aren’t liked by some people and it is hard when we start feeling persecuted by them. That is why it is so important to remember that the reason they dislike us is because of Whose we are. They hate the holiness of God that they see represented in us. Our kindness and generosity remind them of their hate and greed and that makes them hate themselves so much that they can’t help but take out that hate on us.
The wicked desire the things of this world and all that this world heralds as success and it will lead to their lack of reward. They will gain what they have sought, the kingdom of darkness. The righteous on the other hand desire the things of God and His kingdom. We should be seeking the reward that is already ours – a loving, eternal relationship with the God of the universe. And this is the reason of our praise!
Making It Personal
Have you ever felt hated by non-believers? What were the reasons that they were acting or speaking out against you? Does knowing that God is the reason they despise you help you endure their hate?
Making It Personal Kids
Have you ever had someone treat you badly because you love Jesus? Did you know that it isn’t you they don’t like but really they just don’t like Jesus? Do you love Jesus enough to suffer for Him?
Father, thank You for being who You are. Thank You for giving us the righteousness of Jesus so that we can live with You forever. Though others may hate us because of You, we still choose You. In Jesus’ name, amen.