The Wicked Man, Pt. 4

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.  For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.

Psalm 10:2-3

As we continue to look at this passage for an example of “things not to do,” we come to another thing that the wicked man does that identifies him as being wicked: he “blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.”

The wicked man is a covetous man.  He is covetous himself, and he encourages covetousness in others.  The dictionary definition of covet is: “to desire (what belongs to another) inordinately or culpably (guiltily).”  That is a perfect definition of what covetousness is and why the Lord put warnings against it in His Word (He even went so far as to make it one of the Ten Commandments).  There is not necessarily anything wrong with desiring something.  We all want things.  That in itself is not the problem.  The problem arises when we start wanting things that others have so badly that it clouds our perspective.  We start to find jealousy creeping in.  We start to become bitter at how God has blessed others.  We start to become bitter at God Himself.

Covetousness is a terrible trap to fall into.  In fact, this verse says that God “abhors” it.  But the wicked man marches right on in self-centered pride, arrogance and covetousness.  Being prideful and all about himself, the wicked man is focused not on what God has given him, but on what God has given others.  He despises others and he despises God and he praises and blesses those who are like him in his self-will.

Pride and covetousness go hand in had and are both things to be avoided.  They are both sure marks of the wicked man and we would be wise to avoid them.

I will be away from the computer for a couple of weeks.  Feel free to comment, and I will respond when I get back.  Thanks for reading and commenting and God bless!

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