Psalms 97:9-10 “For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.”
Mediocre. Half in, half out. Take it or leave it.
These are but a few of the descriptions of the majority of American saved folk. You may ask; “How could you say such a thing?”
Consider the text today.
“Ye that love the Lord, hate evil…”
I am challenged by this statement. So much so, that I seek to have my love for God be a zealous love; a jealous love; a passionate love. That kind of love displayed does not go unnoticed.
It is shown in word and in deed. When you hear someone speak ill of someone you love, how do you react? When someone takes the name of the Lord and uses it as a curse word, what do you do? Do you have a chosen response? Do you say anything at all?
If you say that you love God, do you keep His commandments?
John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
In the face of adversity and spiritual oppression, do you do all to stand?
Ephesians 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
I want my love to be evident to those I say “I love you”. I do not want my words to fall deafly because my actions are small and minimal. Again, God says:
“Ye that love the Lord, hate evil…”
You will not love strongly, zealously, and passionately if you do not hate that which opposes that love. My love for my wife means that I hate all other women who would seek to want to take her place. My love for my children means that I will fight for their welfare; their success, and their good. My love for anyone or anything will be evidenced in how I deal with whomever or whatever opposes that love.
God tells me that if I say that I love Him, I must first obey and keep His commandments.
If I tell God that I love Him and yet, go about my day doing as I please, my life will be a reflection of just who it is that I love – myself. We have heard it said:
“Your talk talks and your walk talks. But your walk talks louder than you talk talks.”
The passion with which we live out our life will reveal just how much we love and just Who it is we love.
I remember the first time someone took the Lord’s name in vain in my presence after I was saved. My heart hurt and was extremely offended. As I thought about how to respond, I asked the man who mentored me about it. He wisely told me that an unsaved person doesn’t know any better and cannot rule their spirit like a saved person can.
So, I approached this man and said;
“Can I talk to you about something? You cursed using the Lord’s name and I was offended. It was like me calling your mother a ‘whore’ or a ‘slut’. We would probably have more than words over that statement.” He agreed. Then I said, “With the same way you feel about what I said about your Mom, that is how I feel when you take God’s name in vain. Could you try, when I am around, not using Him as a curse word?”
He shared with me that his wife had been getting after him not to say that and even he, himself was trying to stop. I invited him to church and told him how that God had saved me from my own cursing and was doing so much more to take such things from me.
The hating of evil in our lives must take on an action. Edmund Burke said this:
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
This principle is rooted in our text today.
Having a proper ‘hate’ life means I must take action against that which opposes that which I love. Me and the devil used to be pals. I was his child and him, my father. I acted like I was his child. I did those things that revealed just whose family to whom I belonged. I did as he instructed, as he led.
Then, one day, I met the Lord Jesus Christ. I renounced my former family heritage and was adopted into God’s royal lineage. I became a child of God! I turned from sin tot he Savior and was changed.
Now, I hate my former father. I hate his ways of deception, deceitfulness, and trickery. I hate how he assails those I love. I hate his accusations, his lying; his constant tearing down of all that is good and right. I hate how he holds those who sin hostage; blinding their eyes from the truth.
I hate the division and devastation he has caused in lives. I hate the destruction he has caused in relationships, families, churches, and countries. I deal with addicts whose lives are wrecked by addiction and sin. Typically, an addict will leave a wake of ruined relationships due to selfish, wanton behavior. When they decide to get right, some of those relationships are virtually irreparable.
Thanks be to God He, with His love, can restore ruined relationships.
So, how do we hate evil? Do that which God loves. God loves souls. So much so, He sent His Son to die for everyone so that whosoever could come to Him and be saved. We must be about the business of telling all who will hear of the wonderful, saving power of the blood of Jesus Christ!
If God’s against it, so am I.
If God is for it, so am I!