10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.
Psalm 112:10 (NLT)
Welcome to the eighth and the final installment on the study of Psalm 112. This psalm ends with a vision of the wicked. If you have been wondering how the wicked people response when they see your success and prosperity, read the above verse.
According to the above verse, they are angry. Wicked people are angry every time they see the success of the godly. You only have to read some of the comments from the religious people here in this blog to see how bitter they are. If you want to learn more, just do searches on godly preachers like Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland and Ceflo Dollar in the internet and you will find many angry websites spreading lies about them. That should not surprise us because Psalm 112:10 had already told us that when wicked people see the success of the godly, they will be infuriated and grind their teeth in anger. These angry website owners are only fulfilling what the verse is saying.
The question is, how shall we respond to their anger? Answer: nothing. The subsequent part of the verse tells us that they will slink away and their hopes thwarted. So there is no point wasting time on them. As Christians, we should invest our time in seeking God. God is the source of our success and prosperity. When we seek God, we are effectively seeking the source of our success and prosperity. If you happen to think you are too busy with your problems and have no time to pray, you are basically saying that you are too busy to receive the solutions to your problems.
Once we realize that our God is with us and not against us, we will have no problem in wanting to seek him. We will not be bothered with those angry wicked people.
I see the above verse as an encouragement when I face persecutions, especially in the forms of lies and slanders from the religious people. You can read their comments in this blog. There are several reasons why I choose to keep these poisonous comments and not delete them. They are:
1. I want to use them to remind myself that Satan is still alive and actively monitoring my works.
2. They help me to understand better the thoughts of the religious mind and in extension Satan’s strategies.
3. They help me to identify the weak points of Satan, thus enable me to write better.
4. The bitterness and the anger from the writers is the sign that I have cause serious damage to Satan’s dominion. I am encouraged by it.
The application for all of us is, do not be afraid of the persecutions of the religious people. They make fun of our sickness and poverty when we trust God for our health and wealth because they want us to give up our faith and live under their religious bondage. However, just because this is what they want it does not mean that they must be successful. We need to constantly remind ourselves that he who within us is greater than he who is in the world. As long as we do not give up our faith, we will see the manifestation of our God’s goodness in our lifetimes.
Our sickness will turn into health. Our poverty will turn into prosperity and our failures will turn into success. At that time, those who mocked at us will see our success and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.
God is good.