This psalm was written in a time when men in authority were twisting justice. When we first read what David wrote, it looks like a cry for revenge, but it was an even greater cry for God’s justice.
Verse 1 – Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones? Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men?
Verse 2 – No, in heart you work wickedness, you weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.
Complete authority without accountability breeds corruption. We not only saw this in Biblical times, we see it today. Too many people who have lived under a dictatorship feel hopeless. We here in the United States, have seen more and more power coming from our elected officials that are accountable to “No one!” They make the laws of the land, but don’t follow them. With positions of authority comes money, with the money, comes power and when the heart is not right before God, corruption creeps in.
Verse 3 – The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as there are born, speaking lies.
Verse 4 – Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear,
Verse 5 – Which will not heed the voice of charmers, charming ever so skillfully.
Verse 6 – Break their teeth in their mouth, O God! Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!
Verse 7 – Let them flow away as waters which run continually; when he bends his bow, let his arrows be as if cut in pieces,
Verse 8 – Let them be like a snail which melts away as it goes, like a stillborn child of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
It sounds as though David didn’t want the wicked to even be born. He wanted God to stop them in their tracks. My thoughts are; if David was king at this time why was there not peace?
Even though you might have one in authority who follows God and His ways, you can’t change a person’s heart towards anything, God has to do that. Oh, we can persuade people to do what is right, but the choice is still theirs.
Verse 9 – Before your pots can feel the burning thorns, He shall take them away as with a whirlwind, as in His lining and burning wrath.
Proverbs 10:25 – When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
Verse 10 – The righteous shall rejoice when he sees vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked,
Verse 11 – So that men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely He is God who judges in the earth.”
I used to think: If I’m wrong about the Christian life and all the people who tell me they are a Christian are right, living anyway they want, then why am I trying so hard to follow God’s precepts?
I’m talking about a comparison of life-styles. I don’t think about that anymore, I compare myself to no other person. I know right from wrong. No, Christians are not perfect people and not everyone is on the same level of their walk, but if you are truly born-again, you know right from wrong.