The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked; So that men shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: Verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth.Psalms 58:10-11 ASV
Let it be noted who does the rejoicing here. It is “the righteous.” This indicates that Christian people should not hesitate to pray for the victorious triumph of righteousness and truth over wickedness and falsehood; and that they should rejoice when their prayers are answered.
That it is wrong for righteous people to pray for the victory over evil and evil men is one of the great misunderstandings of our era.
“I saw underneath the altar the souls of them that had been slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a great voice, saying, How long, O Master, the holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth” (Revelation 6:9,10).
There is no way to escape the conviction that these citizens of heaven itself were eagerly anticipating the vengeance of God upon their enemies and that they would be pleased when it should finally occur. Sinful attitude? Certainly not. Merely an intelligent one.
We are glad that a number of scholars we have consulted have understood this:
“It is a total misunderstanding of these verses to assume that there is some kind of unwholesome `gloating’ here, or some kind of an ungodly bloodthirstiness.”
“These verses express vehemently the profound satisfaction that shall be experienced “by the righteous,” the redeemed people of God when they finally see evil visibly crushed and removed.”
All the righteous shall at last say, `Amen’ to the condemnation of the wicked; and we shall hear no questionings of God’s dealings with the impenitent.
The joy over the destruction of the wicked is because they are God’s enemies, and their overthrow shows that God reigneth.
“Verily there is a God that judgeth the earth” (Psalms 58:11).
The terrors of the French Revolution reached their climax under the diabolical leadership of Maximilien Francois Marie Isidore de Robespierre.
Thousands of innocent people were mercilessly guillotined, until at last, when he himself was awaiting the guillotine, having sustained a loosened jaw from a gunshot wound, and having it bound with a cloth over the top of his head, one of the citizens of Paris gazed upon him and said, “Yes, yes, Robespierre, there is a God”! This event is mentioned in the book by Loomis, “Paris in the Terror.”
Robespierre had denied the existence of any God except his nebulous “God of Nature,” to which so-called deity he had himself installed as High Priest at the top of a pyramid, clad in a robin’s-egg blue shirt and chartreuse britches.
His infidelity called for the remark mentioned above. His execution by guillotine in 1794 ended the “Terror.”
“Yes there is a God”!