oppose – resist, combat, compete with, do battle with, fight, counter, dissent, dispute, contradict
I read Psalm 81 and my jaw dropped. “Knowing the ultimate end of the matter, who in their right mind would be reckless enough to oppose God, the Father Almighty and Sovereign King of the Universe?!” I incredulously wondered aloud. Then I realized that I had done just that on too many occasions. Boy, was I convicted. I don’t wanna be on the losing side in a fixed fight…
On a regular basis, people often test, challenge, and come up against us. Some of us have outright haters. But when being persecuted or rejected for righteousness’ sake, appreciate the fact that our Lord also suffered the same treatment – and to a more stringent degree.
Let us check ourselves to make sure we don’t fall into the category of “the haters of the Lord.” It should make us shudder to even think about not walking in agreement with His way, His will, and His Word. The New King James Version spells it out even more plainly: we should not pretend submission to God; the New Living Translation says those who do “would be doomed forever.” Ouch. That’s a mouthful. Sobering, isn’t it? Let the Word of God search out any remaining dark corners of your heart and lead you to swift repentance.
My contrite prayer: Forgive us for harboring stubborn, rebellious, and contrary hearts, Lord! May our love for You be evident in our obedience – even when it costs a great deal. What we go through cannot compare to the sacrifice You made at Calvary for our salvation and eternal life. Thank You for cleansing us with Your precious blood!!!
“The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.”
(Psalm 81:15, KJV)
“The haters of the LORD would pretend submission to Him, but their fate would endure forever.”
(Psalm 81:15, NKJV)
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