Psalms 11:5-7

5 Yahveh examines the righteous, but he hates the wicked and those who love violence. 6 Let him rain burning coals and sulfur on the wicked ones; let a scorching wind be the portion in their cup. 7 Because Yahveh is righteous; he loves righteous deeds. The upright will see his face.

Wind and rain can be powerful and destructive. The psalmist uses these two destructive forces to talk about God’s judgment toward the wicked ones. The combination of these two forces which wipe away things, and fire which consumes them— speaks of the ultimate fate of those who reject God.

By contrast, the righteous who seek God and want to obey him are promised God’s face. In God’s presence are all the joys we can dream of.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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