What a contrast David makes in the last part of Psalm 139! He had spoken of the preciousness of God’s thoughts unto him. Now in verses 19 and 20 he declares what God will do to the wicked. He writes, “Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.” Or as our versification has it:
The wicked Thou wilt surely slay,
From me let sinners turn away;
They speak against Thy name divine,
I count God’s enemies as mine.
This clearly reveals that by God’s precious thoughts David has in mind the salvation God has prepared in Christ. This David saw in the bloody sacrifices in the temple. He reveals no fear of punishment upon his own sins which the everywhere present God, who sees and hears all, knows. He knows himself as one whose sins are blotted out. And he wants nothing to do with those who speak wickedly against God and take His name in vain. He counts God’s enemies his enemies. All this reveals that God has begun the work of salvation in him, for he has been born again with a new life that loves God.
What David reveals here is that gospel truth which God preached to Adam and Eve the day they became God’s enemies. He promised them that He would bring forth a people that hated sin and those who walk in sin. He promised them in Genesis 3:15 that He would “slay the wicked,” for Christ, The Seed of the Woman, would crush the serpent’s head and the heads of those who are not de¬livered from his power.
The question is whether we can say that with David. Do we want sinners to depart from us? Or do we enjoy them in their sinful ways? Do we feel at home with them, like their company, seek them rather than say to them, “Depart from me”? If we do, then we consider their thoughts and actions more precious than God’s. Hatred of the world reveals love of God. Love of the world reveals hatred of God. God’s love makes us love Him and hate the world and all its sins.
Psalter versification: 383:4
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.