The Psalmists request stated in (v.35) �Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more� comes as almost a shock to the reader of this �The Poets Version of The Genesis Creation�. The Psalm is given over to the praise of God for His creation, protection and provision, and suddenly at the very end, this request almost seems out of order until the context is examined.
The Psalmist, after writing the first 32 verses exalting the LORD for His great works, engages in full worship of the LORD in (v.33-35) as a response to what he has just documented: �I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live. I will sing praise unto my God while I have my being. My meditation of Him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD. Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.�
These responses of the Psalmist are filled with promises of a serious nature. Singing to the LORD for the rest of his days shows the dedication and devotion of someone who loves their LORD/Jehovah. Sweet meditation is anticipated and gladness �in the LORD� is also looked forward to by the unnamed Psalmist.
And then, the fullness of communion, the fellowship and praise to the LORD suddenly bring to the Psalmist the desire for the elimination of sinful men from the creation which the LORD pronounced �very good�, and the Psalmist longs for a return to the days when sinful man was not present on the planet earth!
This desire both looks backward and forward. Backward, to the beginning of time, before the fall, backward to the great flood of Noah�s day when God purged the earth of sinful mankind, backward to when God judged Sodom and Gomorrah eliminating sinful man from that region.
But, this request also looks forward to the day when the LORD will once again bring His wrath upon the earth during His Day of the Lord judgment described in Revelation 8-20. This time of punishment and purging of the earth will resemble the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah as the Lord judges �by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone� (Revelation 9:18)
And, just as in Psalm 104, praise will ring out from heaven in a hallelujah chorus when the Lord finishes His strange but necessary work of judgment: �And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia: Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God...And again they said, Alleluia. And her [Babylon�s] smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia...And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.� (Revelation 19:1-6)
This will be the end of the age answer to the long ago request of the Psalmist, never realized in his day, but looked forward to by the saints of the ages as we close in on the Lord�s second coming and the same day start of His Day of the Lord wrath upon the earth.
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