3I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
4A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.
5Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
Enemy to Injustice
Happy is the nation whose ruler declares himself to be an enemy to injustice. As a matter of fact, such a thing is unheard of in our day. We have all kinds of lawyer jokes or politician jokes, showing that we do not even expect those in the judiciary to be an enemy to injustice, or even to be honest in all of their duties.
As David contemplated the nature of his rule over the people, he determined to not even look upon wickedness, and to personally hate the work of those who turned aside from doing good. Of course, he had a prime example in the life of King Saul and was, himself, a man who was hotly pursued by the king, though he had done nothing to deserve such treatment.
We have the added advantage or reading this psalm long after the rule of King David and to compare his actual rule over his subjects with the intents of his heart as displayed in Psalm 101. While David was a good king, how are we to view his sins against Uriah the Hittite when he tried to cover up his sin with Uriah's wife, Bathsheba?
In the end, we must say that, though David sinned grievously, yet when confronted with his sin by Nathan the prophet, he displayed a repentant heart before the Lord. We must realize that most kings, when confronted with their evil deeds, will not respond with the repentant heart we saw in David.
How did Herod respond when John the Baptist confronted him for taking his sister-in-law to be his wife? He cast John the Baptist in prison, and later ordered him killed.
David, however, was not such a man. Not only did he express a desire to be an enemy to injustice, he proved to be a champion of justice when he became king, first of Hebron, and later of Israel. When a person's heart is given to the Lord, his entire life changes. Though he or she is still subject to their own sin nature, yet when confronted by their sins, will reveal a repentant heart before the Lord.
It is unlikely that any of us will actually be a king or queen, however all of us are the "rulers" of our own little kingdom, as God places people under our authority. What kind of a ruler are you? Are you known in your personal life as an enemy to injustice? Are your heart affections totally given to the Lord, or are you a Christian who tries to keep one's feet in both kingdoms, so to speak?
The world is certainly tantalizing, and the praise of men can be intoxicating, but as Christians, we are called to forsake this world and all of its enticements and turn our hearts completely to the Lord. To share God with the world is to serve the world, for God will not be shared. He demands all of our hearts and lives to be devoted to Him, and rightly so!
Let us, then, determine to live our lives in such a manner that it is clear that we are an enemy to injustice. Let us begin by "cleaning" our own hearts and lives and turning our face to the Lord. Let us seek the Lord while He may be found.
6 Seek the LORD while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the LORD,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
(Isaiah 55:6-7, New King James Version)
God Bless You,