Reflection & Rejection Of People
September 14, 2008
INTRODUCTION: The Psalmist begins with an inward reflection on his personal life and quickly moves to those around him that do not know God. He refers to the double-minded, evildoers, strayers, and deceitful. Their judgment is certain, which causes the Psalmist to have a righteous fear of God. In this age of sentimentalism and vague spirituality, we need his sense of awe and reverence.
Note his emotions: "I hate," "I love," "I hope," and "I am afraid." He hates every false way, loves God's word, hopes in His word, and he is afraid of His judgments.
Since he is preoccupied with the evildoers of his day, he talks to them about God and he talks to God about them.
I HIS REFLECTION. 113-117
A. HIS CONFESSION. 113
"I hate the double-minded" - vain thoughts, divided thoughts; with constant pressure on him from his enemy, the Psalmist accuses his tendency to vacillate. There is the battle between his own see-saw thoughts and his basic fidelity to the word of God. We all experience moments when doubts assail and when compromise looks attractive.
James 1:8, "he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."
Undecided, therefore, uncommitted, and some would call it half-hearted.
1 Kings 18:21, " And Elijah came to all the people, and said, 'How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.' But the people answered him not a word."
"falter" – halt; to leap, this is what a double-minded, vacillating person does; leaps first this way and then that way. The Psalmist hated it, especially when he saw it in himself.
"But I love Your law" – he knew he had something in his life that was straightforward, trustworthy, and absolute.
B. HIS COMFORT. 114
"You are my hiding place and my shield, I hope in Your word."
God is his protection and his protector. Like a deep cave, he hides in the Almi ...
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