Thursday, July 12, 2018
The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
Do you have a heart for God? How would you know? Would you have warm feelings for God, enjoy going to church, or read the Bible through every year? Would you share your faith, teach Sunday School, work in the nursery, or sing in the choir? Would you pray before meals in public, lead your family in worship, join an accountability group? Well, yes, you might do any number of these things if you had a heart for God. But hypocrites, legalists, and cults might do them as well, with no more interest in God than Felix who listened to Paul because he hoped for a bribe (Acts 24:26). So, how would you know you had a heart for God?
You may not like what Solomon has to say on the subject. Truth is, I don’t like it very much myself! The fear of the Lord—which is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 1:7)—the fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.
Don’t water this down. The fear of the Lord is—take note—hatred of evil. The word evil suggests big-ticket sins like pornography, adultery, drinking, gambling, injustice, or fraud—easy sins to spot and easy sins to hate. But no, Solomon has something else in mind, namely, hatred of evil that lurks in our own hearts!
In case you doubt it, just look at the rest of the verse! Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate, God says. That’s everyday stuff—easily neglected, easily excused, easily rationalized. But look, God hates it. And if you have a heart for God, you hate it, too!
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way (Ps. 119:104).
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