Words from the Heart for Sunday November 1st, 2020
If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
Psalm 139:19-20 (NIV)
Slay the Wicked
A Markham, Ontario man accused of killing four people allegedly told gaming pals that he killed his entire family because he didn’t want them to know he was a “pathetic subhuman.” Menhaz Zaman told users on an online gaming site “I’ve just slaughtered my entire family, and will most likely spend life in jail if I manage to survive. I wanted them to die so that they didn’t suffer knowing how much of a pathetic subhuman I was. It is all very selfish.”
We human beings have an innate sense of justice. When someone is mistreated or wrongly accused, something inside us gets upset. When the wicked get ahead, or the innocent are mistreated, we know that something needs to be done. Three millennia ago, King David understood this. Over his life, he had been pursued by his predecessor King Saul, even though he had done nothing deserving of this, and had been forced to flee because his own son Absalom was determined to take his throne. In an ardent prayer to the Lord, King David prays this in Psalm 139:19-20: “If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.” David understood that God doesn’t miss a thing. He sees all things, and knows what is in the heart of every individual. Those who try to get away with evil will one day have to face true justice at the court of the universe. So David can pray with confidence, asking the Lord to bring justice. You can trust the Lord for this in your life as well. He will judge the wicked.
These have been words from the heart.