Psalms 5: Being the Enemy of God
Psalms 5 is another one written by David, and it lays out how God really feels about sin. I know that sin is not a popular topic, and I know that people don’t really want to want to hear about it. However, that is what the chapter is about, so that is where we are going.
Psa 5:4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
Psa 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Psa 5:6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
We can learn a few important things here. God does not enjoy wickedness, and there is not evil in heaven if God cannot dwell with it. Foolishness can be translated as boastfulness in this context (and is in the ESV), and it is obvious that God does not like that.
Now we come to the part that probably requires the most explanation. Those first points probably are not too controversial. However, now we come to a point where we need to reconcile a God who loves all people with a God who hates doers of evil.
On the surface, this seems like a blatant contradiction because how can God love and hate the same people at the same time?
First, we need to look at what we mean by workers of iniquity. The word workers here comes out of the Hebrew word pa’al which in its most primitive form implies doing something habitually. That is significant. Why is this significant?
Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
In other words, we are servants that are habitually doing the work of our masters. If we are a servant of sin, we are habitually doing sin. If we are servant of righteousness, it is possible that we still sin, and I know that we all do, but it is no longer our natural habit.
I know at that it has become kind of an overused phrase, but it possible to hate the sin but love the sinner. God sees it the same way. When we are servants to sin, we are enemies of God. We are not beyond His love, but we need to be reconciled. Jesus provided the way to make that happen.