Reading the Word
Psalm 21:8–13 (ESV)
8 Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you. 9 You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them. 10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of man. 11 Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed. 12 For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows. 13 Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.
Understanding and Applying the Word
The second half of this psalm is a sobering reminder that God’s enemies will be judged. There is coming a day when God’s patient endurance of sin and rebellion will come to and end and his wrath will be poured out on an unbelieving world. At that time, no one will escape.
The redeemed of God look forward to a day when evil is finally judged. God has promised a new heaven and a new earth where sin is no more and where the people of God will be with him for eternity. In that day, all believers will stand in unity and praise God for his power in defeating evil and for his grace in saving sinners who turn to Christ for forgiveness and new life. Let his name be exalted!
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