Psalm 97:10-12 – O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!
The Lord reigns and is sovereign over all of heaven and earth. We, who love the Lord are to hate evil! As we follow the Lord, he will protect us. When we walk in his light towards him, we will have his joy in our heart.
To truly love the Lord and follow Him, I can’t love things that are evil. Verse 10 does not say love the Lord and love evil. I must receive the love of Christ in my heart, submit to Him and allow that to change me from the inside out. My walk needs to follow his illuminated path for me towards him and away from the darkness which was commonplace in my life. My response to the gospel should always be that of praise, thanksgiving and joy for my salvation!
Father, Thank you for your love and sending Jesus to save me. Help me to receive that love, follow your light away from darkness and share it with others.