Short Meditations in Psalms: 5.6 God the Judge
Psa 5:6 You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors.
David’s knowledge of the Lord, as we have recently observed includes the fact that the Lord is holy in His being and righteous in His deeds. The result of this is that those who oppose the Lord and reject His ways have no place in His presence, a fairly obvious observation, but now David adds something. The Lord does not just sit back idly and allow these people to get away with it but, as appropriate, He deals with them. Let’s think more on Him as Judge.
Now we add the words ‘as appropriate’ because God’s word tells us that the Lord much prefers people to repent of their sins and live and if He sees that is a possibility He acts in what I have recently referred to as ‘disciplinary judgment’, actions designed to bring about change of behaviour in a heart that is open to it. However where He sees those whose hearts are set in their self-centred godlessness and who have determine not to be moved, then He may act in what I have referred to as ‘terminal judgment’ which is to bring death. Only He sees and knows what He can achieve with individuals.
Now David says two things in this verse and the latter one requires we reconsider that which we said about the previous verse. In that previous verse David says the Lord hates all who do wrong. Here he adds that the Lord abhors bloodthirsty and deceitful men, i.e. He detests or loathes such people. Perhaps to try to summarise what we said in the previous meditation it is possible to love in general terms but when it comes to a specific terrible sin to hate or abhor. Would we expect God or anyone for that matter to love those Nazis who tortured and gassed millions of Jews in the last war? Would we expect God to love the young man who, with an automatic weapon, goes into a school and mows down dozens of children? He, and we, can weep that a human being can become so disturbed that he does such a terrible thing but while he is a destructive weapon in Satan’s hands, we can hate him for what he is at the moment. If he truly repented, was counseled, and was transformed, we might think differently of him, though not removing the full effects of the Law. We would be called by Jesus to forgive him.
David strikes out at two sins. The first is lying which flies against One who is the Truth, and against His world where truth, integrity and honesty are the norms of His kingdom. The second is violence and lies which destroy or distort the wonderful world that God has designed and brought into being. When these are the established norms of an individual he may expect terminal judgment to be on God’s agenda.