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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 58:3, 8-9

Psalm 58:3, 8-9

The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies…Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime, like the stillborn child who never sees the sun. Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!”

English Standard Version (ESV)

“Is anyone unredeemable?” A pastor friend of mine recently asked that question of his congregation, using the story of Judah and Tamar from Genesis 38. Tamar was the wife of Judah’s firstborn son Er; when he died, she was to be given to the next son. When Judah’s sons refused to take her, she resorted to questionable means to continue Er’s family line. She bore 2 sons, Zerah and Perez, both of whom are listed in the genealogy of Matthew 1 as being the ancestors of Jesus. Have you noticed how God uses the unlikeliest of people to accomplish His purposes?

Psalm 58 takes David’s call for vengeance on his enemies to a higher level. Are they beyond redeeming? Notice David’s language: they are “estranged from the womb” (v. 3); they’re “venomous” (v. 4); he pleads for them to “vanish like water” (v. 7) and to disappear like “the snail that dissolves into slime, like the stillborn child who never sees the sun” (v. 8). He concludes the psalm with “The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.” From the tone of the psalm, the wicked are not worth saving and should be eliminated with all haste.

Is anyone unredeemable? Ephesians 2:13 says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” God uses broken people like us to further His kingdom, and as it turns out, we are wanted by God because we have worth in His Son. No one is beyond salvation, beyond redemption, and there’s room in the heart of God for all of us. Your past is not your future. In Christ, you are always welcome!

Further Reading: Genesis 38; Romans 10

Pray with me:

Father, thank You for the wideness in Your mercy. In our families and in our relationships, help us to see that nobody is beyond the reach of Your grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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