“Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.” Psalm 6:8-10
I can almost see David, getting back to his feet, wiping the tears off of his face, as these words work there way out of his mouth. His soul no longer vexed, his mind focused on the Lord. His confidence soars, lifted by the Spirit. Now, I’m not speaking of some weakly measure of self-confidence. No, David’s confidence is in his position with the Lord. He knows the Lord is listening to him, he knows the Lord has heard him, and he knows the Lord has found his prayer acceptable. Like a kid who gains confidence in the face of a bully, but only because his older brother is now standing next to him. He knows the bully could take him easily, but that bully has no shot against big brother. David, knowing the Lord is with him, stands up to his enemies that had been driving him to tears and rids his presence of them. “Do not give the devil a foothold” (Ephesians 4:27) for he will certainly use it against you.
Look at what it says of David’s enemies…
They will be ashamed, for the Lord has not heard their weeping.
They will be greatly troubled, for the Lord has not heard their pleas.
They will be sent away, for the Lord has not accepted their prayers.
We see Jesus use the phrase “Depart from me, all you workers of evil” a couple of times, once in Luke 13:22-30:
“And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”
The second is in Matthew 7:21-23:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
Jesus is the one who puts the enemies of God to shame
Jesus is the one who troubles those who oppose the Lord.
Jesus is the one who sends the strangers off to face justice.
Make no mistake, we all deserve the same. We all should be sent away as well. But Jesus has heard the sound of his weeping Bride, he has heard the pleas of his brothers and sisters, and he has accepted the prayers of his people.
We must however be sure of our standing with God. False assurance is a terrifying prospect. Philippians 2:12 says “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”.
Are you striving to enter through the narrow door?
Or have you found the comfort of the broad road more satisfying?
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14