Tomorrow, I will be teaching the middle schoolers at our church about the imprecatory psalms. In my study, I came across this amazing section about how Christian should respond to the destruction of evil and evil doers in our day. His words are absolutely worth a slow, careful, and reflective read.
When the polygamist compound in Texas was exposed on the media the nation responded with a variety of reactions, including curiosity and disgust. A mature response would be worship. Worship because the exposure proved that God would not allow His Name to be maligned by those who pervert His design.
Similarly, when Saddam Hussein was hanged the media reported reactions o relief aand vindication. A mature response, however, would be worship. Worship because God brings justice to the guilt and sets the oppressed free.
Our response to these events is a test of maturity. God does not provide for the fall of an enemy for your sake. Not for your amusement. Not for your prosperity. And not for your relief. He does it for the sake of His Name…
Similarly, I pray for the end of legalized abortion in our country. I believe I will live to see that day. I am confident because, “Surely there is a God who judges the earth.” I am confident because this Judge is active, and He is not silent. His enemies will be avenged. But as I pray for that day, I reflect on what my future response will be. What will your response be? For some it will be a fleshly, self-centered satisfaction: “I knew I was right all along.” Some will praise their own efforts, and the efforts of others who helped the cause. Some pray for the end of abortion because the practice outrages them. Others consider the golden rule, and recognize that babies are not treated the way any of us would want to be treated. While I agree with these thoughts, they are earth-centered. They are thoughts of low ambition. The psalmist said the righteous are glad when the wicked are avenged because God’s reputation is upheld: “Surely there is a God who judges the earth.” (Taken from Praying Curses, p. 177-178).
Worship the God Who, “will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14). Every evil, answered. Evil victim, vindicated. Every tear, wiped away. All to the glory of His Name. What a good God. What a righteous God.