God Is Just
"Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it."
Praise characterizes those on God’s path, but scorn for God identifies the wicked. Not all of the ungodly scorn God openly, but they have still scorned God by rejecting the gift of His Son. In this psalm, David observes the pride of the scornful and looks to God for judgment.
First, they relentlessly pursue their own desires (v. 2–3). In order to have those desires, they oppress others and love what the Lord hates. They admire greedy people.
Second, they choose not to pursue God (v. 4–6). A.W. Tozer calls the existence of God “the most fundamental reality in life,” but the wicked won’t give God a moment’s thought. They think they are unshakeable in their ways.
Third, the wicked do not love others (v. 7–11). Lies, cursing, strife, and emptiness characterize their speech. The wicked uses other people to get what they want, and disposes of them when they’re no longer needed. Displays of goodness are contrived and intended to bring glory to themselves. In spite of all this wrongdoing, the wicked arrogantly boasts that God either hasn’t seen them, or will not judge their sin.
But David reminds us that God sees the wicked (v. 12–18). God responds to the humble person with tenderness, but He pours out His wrath on the unrepentant. The most carefully laid plan of the wicked will topple over like a house of cards. God breaks the stronghold of the wicked. He annihilates their schemes. Ultimately, God shows Himself as the eternal King, rejecting the wicked and upholding the humble.
Final Thought: Remember that the Lord sees the selfishness of the wicked, and judges accordingly.
CJ Harris is the managing editor for Positive Action, where he helps plan, develop, and launch Bible curricula for churches and schools. Having served as a youth pastor and Sunday School teacher, he has a passion for teaching young people about the glories of their God. A bit of a history buff, CJ received his Ph.D. in Church History in 2011, based on a study of Reformation-era missions philosophy. He and his wife—also a student and teacher of history—have two sons.