“Call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out.” Psalm 10:15
“Only God can judge me!”
I’m sure we have all heard someone use this phrase at one point or another. It has been my experience that the people who mostly use this phrase use it defiantly towards those who disapprove of their choices in life. I’m always surprised when I hear it used because the person who said seems to find some kind of strange comfort in telling those around them that their opinion of them doesn’t ultimately matter because it is God who is the ultimate Judge. While it’s true that the opinion of man ultimately is of no eternal consequence, but for someone to be in obvious sin yet find comfort in the fact that you will be judged by God is baffling.
If you truly believe that you are going to be judged by God, then that should terrify you…
God will hold everyone accountable for their sin…and He knows every single one that you have ever done.
Yes, even that one…
“You have placed our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence.” Psalm 90:8
The NASB puts Psalm 10:15 like this:
“Seek out his wickedness until You find none.”
Some won’t tell you about God’s judgement. They seem to think it makes God mean or cruel that He would hate things that are wicked. They’ll shout the love of God from the roof tops, but they’ll stay silent on God’s holiness and wrath, as if those are some kind of imperfections that God has that we must mask or cover up. I’ve even heard some go as far as saying that all that wrath talk is “Old Testament God”, as if we no longer have to serve the God of the Old Testament because the “New Testament God” is so much more chill and mellow (You do realize that meek and mild Jesus is the one coming to wage war in Revelation, right?). God is not ashamed of His wrath and He is not ashamed of His holiness. And, in the end, if you don’t measure up to God’s holiness (spoiler alert: you don’t), then you will be introduced to that wrath no one wanted to talk to you about.
“Because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” Romans 2:5
“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:12
“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone” Revelation 21:8
What hope would we have if the Lord were not merciful? If He wasn’t gracious? Loving? Compassionate?….Forgiving?
“If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You” Psalm 130:3-4
By nothing but the grace and mercy of God, He provided an Advocate, an Ambassador to represent us. He sent us Jesus…
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus is King forever and ever. He hears the desires of the afflicted. He listens to them, and He hears their cry. He defends the fatherless and the oppressed. And when King Jesus returns, mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror in the hearts of His people. He will break the arm of the wicked, and He will call every one to account for their sin.
Do you have an Advocate? Believe in the Lord Jesus, and He will wash away your sins. Don’t believe me? That’s fine. After all, only God can judge you, right?