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To Loathe or Not to Loathe

Psalm 119:153-160

Verses 157-160 Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from Your statutes. I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey Your word. See how I love Your precepts; preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with Your love. All your words are true; all Your righteous laws are eternal.

We talked yesterday about how we need to be hungering for the truth of the law and there is something that knowing more of the law may bring out in our heart. We need to be aware of our heart in this matter as it speaks of the truth of our feelings of the Lord and His law.

We know that the psalmist had many foes and have spent time in this study talking about how he dealt with them but in our verses today he seems to have stronger feelings about them than he had mentioned before. To talk about loathing them shows the level of his distaste for these people. He wasn’t just annoyed by them, he downright didn’t like them. He wanted nothing to do with them, but it wasn’t just for the sake of disliking nor was it because of what they had been doing to him. It went much deeper than that.

To begin with we need to remember that these foes he is talking about were not just bullies that had chosen him as the object of their torment. These were people that were harassing him because of his love of the Lord and His law. That speaks volumes about them. They weren’t just indifferent to the Lord or the statutes He set forth, they loathed God and His rules. That is what the psalmist is responding to. The man of song saw their hate of God and in turn understood who these people really were. They were the enemies of God and that brought the loathing of his heart.

There are those in the world who are more indifferent to God. In fact, there is a very good chance that we have just thought about someone whom we care about that doesn’t know Christ in the way we wish they would. They may be good, even moral, people who think they are good enough to make it to heaven without having to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus. These are not the people that the song writer is talking about. We have no reason to loathe them, instead we should have a soft heart for them and do what we can to speak the truth into their lives. To those that have turned their back on God we need to be cautious not to allow their words speak louder into our hearts and minds than God’s voice. Ignore the haters and shine brightly for those who stand in the shadows.

Making It Personal

Do you have those in your life that loathe the Lord and His law? Do you have those that are only indifferent to the Word? What might you be able to do to help them come to love the Lord?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you know anyone that really dislikes Jesus? Do you know someone that may not understand Jesus very well? What can you do to help them know Jesus better?

Closing Prayer

Father, help us know the difference between those that hate You and Your Word and those that just don’t know You well enough to love You. Give us the discernment of when to speak the truth about You and when to keep from casting Your truth into the wastelands. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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