2. Merciless Spiritual Conflict! Psalm 59:5-8

Text: “Thou therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors.”

Psalm 59:5.

Good morning, Christian showing too much mercy to transgressors!  It is a strange and most perplexing thing today, in this 21st Century of ‘politically correct’, insipid, and luke-warm ‘churchianity’ period – to watch so many professing to be Christians, who think that they themselves are more merciful than the Lord God; more concerned for stubborn and intransigent sinners; more willing to include openly disobedient Sodomites and those teaching gross doctrinal error into church pulpits, etc. etc.  

Is the Lord God not the righteous judge of the whole earth which He alone has Created?  Does He not reveal in a clear enough fashion His Holiness and His wrath against all sin?  Are there some today in clerical gowns who believe themselves to be more ‘Christian’ than the sinless Christ?  

How can you and I show mercy to ‘wicked transgressors’, when the Spirit-inspired Psalmist, David, here in Psalm 59, is praying for God Almighty to "...visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors."? 

The 21st Century Christian church needs to wise up and begin to teach/preach God’s standards of Holiness and Christianity!  Beware all those ‘hirelings’ who water down God’s pure Word of admonition and condemnation of gross sin and disobedience!

Verse 5. “Awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. What a forceful petition is contained in these words!  Actively punish, in wisdom, judge, with force, chastise.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 262)

Verse 5. “Be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Be merciful to them as men, but not as transgressors; if they continue hardened in their sin, do not wink at their oppression. To wink at sin in transgressors will be to leave the righteous under their power; therefore do not pass by their offences, but deal out the due reward.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 263)

If there was no law in a city, no rule of law, no police force, no courts of judgement – our cities would be even more places of wicked and evil transgression of God’s Holiness than what they already are today. 

Wickedness, and breaking God’s Holy Laws must be punished without mercy, just as civil laws and temporal violations of the rule of law are punished by fines and imprisonments.  Edmond Burke once said, ‘For evil to abound, it only takes good men to do nothing.’, or words to that effect.  Evil and transgression of laws only grows more and more gross and wicked, when law enforcement grows weak and toothless.  Fact.  Evil must be punished.

Verse 6. “They make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.  I watched a programme on television one evening about the duties of the police personnel within many of our inner-city streets.  It was appalling to see the crowds of drunken, drugged, young people, and not so young people, roaming around the streets in various states of drunken chaos.  They were in fact ‘making noises like dogs’; wild, lawless, uncontrolled dogs, lashing out at one another in mindless, and vicious conflict.  They were indeed, ‘wicked transgressors’ of everything that is Godly, and everything that defines Christian society.

“Wine is a mocker; strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1)

Verse 6. “They make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.  David compares his foes to Eastern dogs – despised, unowned, loathsome, degraded, lean, and hungry, and he represents them as howling with disappointment because they cannot find the food they seek.  Saul’s watchmen and the cruel king himself must have raved and raged fiercely when they found the image and the pillow of goat’s hair in the bed instead of David.  Vain were their watchings, the victim had been delivered, and that by the daughter of the man who desired his blood.  Go, ye dogs, to your kennels and gnaw your bones, for this good man is not meat for your jaws.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 263)

British cities, once made strong and prosperous by the adherence of the British nation to the Holy Bible, are now clearly seen to have become cesspits of gross sin and its attendant immoral filth.  The ‘spirit of political correctness’ provides a mask for the face of all things anti-Christian – it is almost impossible to listen to a radio, or watch a television programme, or see a movie, without some character using the very Name of Jesus Christ as a swearword, or a filthy curse.  What a dangerous and sinful practice! 

“Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him/her guiltless that taketh (takes, and continually takes) His Name in vain.”    (Exodus 20:7)

“Wherefore we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire.  (Hebrews 12:28-29)

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him (Jesus Christ), and given Him a Name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow...and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Philippians 2:9-11)

Verse 7. “Behold (see, and fully understand), they belch out with their mouth.”  Bible-believing Christianity, which is, of course, the only genuine Christianity, is currently under the most severe and ruthless attack by Satan and his legions of unrepentant helpers throughout British society.  All degrees of vileness and oppositions are ‘belched out’ from the mouths of anti-Christian oppressors, whose hearts are full of rebellion to the Lord God.

Verse 7. “...Swords are in their lips. They speak daggers.  Their words pierce like rapiers and cleave like cutlasses.  As the cushion of a lion’s paw conceals his claw, so their soft ruby lips contain bloody words.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 263)

Verse 7. “For who, say they, doth hear?  They are free from all restraint, they fear no God in Heaven, and the government on earth is with them.  When men have none to call them to account, there is no accounting for what they will do.  David called them dogs, and no doubt a pretty pack they were, a cursed, cursing company of curs.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 263)

The Lord God Who created the heavens and the earth hears every word we speak, and knows every intention of our very hearts.  Not one anti-Christian word will go unpunished at the Great White Throne judgement seat.  Oppressors be warned, God is not mocked!

Thought:  On Judgement Day, many will remember this verse as, too late, they plead for God’s mercy: “But Thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; Thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.”  Oh, that men would turn in repentance, while there is still time.

“Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near.”

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