Psalm 50

16But to the wicked God says:

“What right have you to recite my statutes

or take my covenant on your lips?

17 For you hate discipline,

and you cast my words behind you.

18If you see a thief, you are pleased with him,

and you keep company with adulterers.

19″You give your mouth free rein for evil,

and your tongue frames deceit.

20You sit and speak against your brother;

you slander your own mother’s son.

21These things you have done, and I have been silent;

you thought that I was one like yourself.

But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.

God says to the wicked that He has been silent while they sinned. And they took God’s silence as approval. How many Christians are like this? They do something they know to be wrong. They break a vow, return to their besetting sin, live at work in some conformity to evil – and to the best of their ability they cannot detect that God has disciplined them or shown disapproval at all. So they conclude that it must be because, 1) It’s OK for them to behave the way they do, 2) God is pleased with them despite their sin, 3) This is not sin after all and it is what God wants them to do. Despite the clear teachings of the Scriptures this is how people think when they get embroiled in sin. The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked and we do not know the depths of our own depravity.

If you are involved in some sin and are not seeing negative consequences in your life as a result of it do not conclude that God is pleased with you. And do not conclude that there will be no consequences. That only indicates your ignorance of Him and his ways and the distance there is between you and Him right now. God is not pleased with you or your sin. But if you are a believer then He does certainly love you more than you can know. He loves you enough to do whatever it takes to win you back.

What God required of those who were sinning in Psalm 50 was for them to offer sacrifices of thanksgiving. There you go. Sin will make you less than thankful. You will still go to church and serve and look holy and upright, but your heart will not be directed Godward and you will not be thankful. There will be a bitterness about you and a sense of entitlement that is worse than the sin that got you there. Thanklessness will grow into greater things but the worst of them will be forgetting God, even as you perform all your religious activities.

You have sinned and God has not hailed down locusts and other plagues upon you. Your response should not be thinking that this sin does not matter to God. It should be thanks. Because the wages of sin is death. The reason you are not dead is the mercy of God and the reason you will live forever with Him is because Jesus took the death you deserved and endured it for you.

God always deals with sin. He dealt with yours, if you are a believer, on the cross. If you can think about that and not be smitten with gratitude then you may not be a Christian at all. Repent – and be thankful that you can.