Recently, our pastor has challenged us to read one chapter from the Psalms and one from the Gospels. Well, when I came to Psalm 11, I sat up and took notice.
Verse 5: "The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence."
I’ve known this, but to actually see it in God’s Word is alarming to say the least. We’re taught in Sunday School that "God hates the sin, but loves the sinner". Well according His Word, that’s not necessarily the case.
What makes this verse (and others like it) incredibly amazing, is that while I was the wicked that his soul hated, he worked out my salvation for me – "… while we were still sinners, Christ died for us". And remember, he didn’t just "wipe the slate clean" and make it so that God was just neutral (as one friend puts it – God didn’t become Switzerland). God is now FOR us and is right now working ALL THINGS out for our good! US – the wicked that God’s soul HATED!! Isn’t He AMAZING?