Psalm 45:7May 29 Morning
You love justice and hate wickedness. That is why God, even your God, has anointed you rather than your companions with the oil of gladness.
"Be angry, and sin not." There can hardly be goodness in a man if he is not angry at sin. He who loves truth must hate every false way. How our Lord Jesus Christ hated it when the temptation came! Three times it attacked him in different forms, but he always met it with, "You get behind me, Satan." He hated it in others, no less fervently because he showed his hate oftener in tears of pity than in words of rebuke. Yet what language could be more stern, more Elijah-like, than the words, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' houses, and make long fake prayers." Jesus hated wickedness, so much so, that he bled to wound evil, he died that it might die. He was buried that he might bury it in his tomb and he rose that he might forever trample it beneath his feet. Christ is in the Gospel, and that Gospel is opposed to wickedness in every shape and form. Wickedness dresses itself in pretty garments and imitates the language of Christians. But the teachings of Jesus Christ will not tolerate wickedness in the Church and will be used like his famous whip of small cords were, to chase evil scribes and Pharisees out of the temple. So, too, in the heart where Jesus reigns, there is war between Christ and Satan! And when our Redeemer comes to be our Judge, those thundering words, "Depart, you sinners" are but a conclusion to his teaching concerning sin. "Depart, you sinners" will manifest his abhorrence of iniquity. As warm as is his love to sinners, so hot is his hatred of sin. As perfect as is his righteousness, so complete shall be the destruction of every form of wickedness. God loves his people who follow him with all their hearts, and he will annoint them with the oil of gladness as he did King David for his love of righteousness.
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