Today’s thought is taken from Psalm 28:5. It continues to state David’s (the Psalmist’s) faith regarding the ultimate end of the wicked, the ungodly.
“Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.”
The verb “regard” is “biyn” in Hebrew, literally meaning “to discern.” To understand or consider a matter. A “touch” of Holy Spirit “guidance” may be needed here. Although Paul says all mankind is “without excuse” when it comes to such obvious facts as creation! “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
The noun “works” is “peullah,” meaning “labor,” but occasionally in the sense of “labor with accompanying results!” The precise word is rare in the Bible, occurring only 14 times. And 1 of those times it’s translated “reward.” Another time, “wages!”
The term “operation” is “maaseh,” built on the “asah” root or stem. This means “to build, fashion, construct, manufacture.” Synonyms again, “works” and “operation.”
To miss God’s Hand, clearly active in world affairs, is a BIG MISTAKE!
To overlook His “Intelligent Design,” or His “Creative Genius,” is UNWISE!
Indeed Psalm 19:1 is right. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”
The end result of so ignoring God? Our verse clearly tells us. “He (the Lord) shall destroy them (the wicked), and not build them up.”
The verb “shall destroy” is “haras” in Hebrew. It basically means “to tear down, overthrow, ruin!” In every single one of its 43 Bible appearances, it carries these negative ideas.
Plus, a correlating verb is also used, Hebrew “parallelism” again. God shall NOT “build them up.” The verb is spelled “banah,” possessing such meanings as “to establish, to repair, to cause to continue.” And of course the negative particle “lo” (again in Hebrew) is used. God refuses to so strengthen these wicked people.
This is a great verse of Scripture!
Especially at times when it appears the wicked might be prospering.
“Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.” Psalm 28:5
By faith we accept what God says!
He is NEVER wrong.
— Dr. Mike Bagwell