Psalms

Speaking Right and Judging Justly

Psalm 58

Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?

Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;

Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

David asks the congregation if they speak righteousness or if they judge uprightly. This is an interesting questions to ask the nation of Israel. That is his congregation. What about your congregation? Do they speak righteousness and do they judge uprightly? These are things that we should be doing on a daily basis. Without exception. No matter what comes our way we need to be level headed in all of our dealings and always be careful with our words.

It seems like the nation of Israel was not doing very good here. In their hearts they were working wickedness and they were doing violence in the Earth. Obviously David saw things that were being done wrong by the by the people and it was time for a correction. In verse 3 he makes an says that the wicked are estranged from the womb and as soon as they’re born they are going astray. We know this as original sin. We all are born with the seed of sin – we have talked about that before. That is why everybody needs salvation, no matter how good a life they live

Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord.

Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.

As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.

David asked the Lord to break their teeth. What an odd thing to ask God to do. But then we look at the next part of this verse and he says they are like young lions. In the previous chapter we read about the fact that the enemy goes around with great teeth like swords. So these  teeth are weapons. And without the teeth it would be very hard for them to eat up there pray.

David says his enemy will be melted away like water that runs continuously, or like a snail. Matthew Henry’s commentary says that the melting away of the waters is like a flood that slowly seeps into the ground. David felt his enemies were flooding in around him and wanted them to slowly disappear. Snails leave a trail behind them, leaving a little bit of themselves every time, and they will eventually be.wasted.  That’s what David wants for them. When David says before the pots can feel the thorns, he’s talking about the pots being heated in the furnace. The would be taken away before they can face the fire.  David will never have to fight that battle.

10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

We shall rejoice when we see God take revenge on our enemy. All this time we’ve been waiting and holding back on doing anything because we know that vengeance is the Lord’s. And now finally he has gotten his vengeance and he will trample the enemy. And then the world will see that there is a reward for the righteous for God does Judge those who come against his people. It’s interesting how he tied in the last verse with the first verse. Remember the first verse asks if the congregation speaks righteously and judges justly. Here we see that God rewards the righteous and that he is a just judge. Let us follow His example.

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