Give ear to my words, O LORD;
consider my groaning.
Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you do I pray.
O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies;
the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
Comment: It opens with David getting ready for morning prayers and the daily sacrifice. He prays to the One whom he freely acknowledges as his God and King. But the words associated with his praying – groaning and crying suggest that he is distraught over some matter or matters. In his preparation for making the daily sacrifice, and perhaps thinking of the short-fallings in his own life he lists some of things which he describes as things and people that God hates. He lists evil, boasting, lies, deceit, a desire to victimise (bloodthirsty). But then he ties it to individuals, as he claims that God hates evil doers. We are happy to hear that God hates evil, but what about God hating evil doers? In Biblical terms ‘there is none righteous, not one’. Does that mean that God hates us all? I can’t put down my thoughts in all or it would make this into a very long devotional. But let us remember that God so loved the world (of people) that He gave His only Son, and that Son died for us so that, if we have repentance mixed with faith, we will be forgiven and be accepted as His children. But nevertheless the psalm makes a definite statement about God and evil.
Prayer; Help me not to be shallow or dismissive in my dealings with You, O Righteous God.