Looking to be Hated
Updated: Jul 30
Verse 5 May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame.
Now the psalmist turns his attention to what will happen to the enemy, beginning with the reason for their demise.
Remember that Zion is often a name used when referring to Jerusalem. David has followed God's leading and made Jerusalem the capital city of God's people. This was where the Temple was to be built and where God had called His people to meet with Him. For the psalmist to say that the enemy hates Zion was actually saying that the enemy hates God. This is a thought we should find comforting.
Those that hate God and all He stands for will struggle with those of us who stand with Him. Not only is God's city going to be turned away from, His people will be too. Holiness reveals sin and most of us don't like our sin exposed, we would rather continue down the spiral of non-Christlike behaviors because they give us pleasure. But there are those who enjoy their sin. These are the people who will turn their back on God's city.
We mentioned earlier that we should find comfort in this and if we are in Christ we will. The comfort comes from understanding that if we are hated by these people it isn't because of us, it is because of Christ in us. Their hate of God is so great that they despise anything or anyone that resembles Him. This comfort can only be felt if we are truly in full communion with Him.
When we are living in the way Christ commanded us to live, we will find the joy and peace of living in holiness. We don't have to flee in shame due to our sin, we can walk in the light of Christ. We may be hated but we are never alone
Making It Personal
Are you a shame walker or walking in the light of Christ and His forgiveness? Why is it a comfort to know Jesus is walking with us? What situation did He walk with you through?
Making It Personal Kids
Why do some people hate Jesus? Why is it more comforting to have Jesus with us during the struggles of life? What situation were you glad to have Jesus with you through?
Father, thank you for loving us in such a way that when the enemy looks at us He sees you. Help us grow daily to be more like You. In Jesus' name, amen.