Clear about Wrath (Psalm 21:8-9)

Psalm 21:8-9


8 Your hand will find out all your enemies;

your right hand will find out those who hate you.

9 You will make them as a blazing oven

when you appear.

The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,

and fire will consume them.


            Not wanting to beat a dead horse, but boy is the Bible clear about the wrath of God. I can’t imagine just how many megabytes of data have been zooming all over the Internet arguing over issues like hell and the wrath of God. Many want to deny that God has wrath for our sin. Many want to deny that God would send a lost soul to eternal, conscious torment. Yet, when we read the Scripture, the argument just is not there.


            Looking here in Psalm 21, the imagery is clear. God will find those who hate him. Don’t think for a minute that such people do not exist; they do. God will find them. God will respond to them. God will ultimately show his wrath and justice toward those who have sinned against him and not repented and sought his grace.


            Instead of attempting to find ways to deny the clearly revealed character of God as a holy and righteous judge, perhaps we would do better spending our time and energy helping people to see their need for his grace. The entire world needs to know that they have been created by a God who commands them to come to him for mercy. The world needs to hear the truth and hear the offer of grace in Christ. We are foolish to change the revealed word of God to make anybody think that those who have rejected God are OK in God’s sight. Instead, we need to be honest enough with them to tell them that they need mercy and that mercy is available in Christ for all who will believe and repent.