Psalm 119 is one of the richest chapters of the Bible. In that Psalm, the Psalmist makes a statement that is worthy of our contemplation because it concerns a basis for his love for God: “Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies” (119:119). Charles Spurgeon in Volume 3 of his Treasury of David comments on this verse:
Even the severities of the Lord excite the love of His people. If He allowed men to sin with impunity, He would not be so fully the object of our loving admiration; He is glorious in holiness because he thus rids his kingdom of rebels, and his temple of them that defile it. In these evil days, when God’s punishment of sinners has become the butt of proud sceptical contentions, we may regard as a mark of the true man of God that he loves the Lord none the less, but a great deal more, because of his condign [fitting] judgment of the ungodly (357-58).
Does your mindset about God include love for Him because of what this inspired statement (Ps. 119:119) says He does? If not, is your mindset what Scripture says it should be?
Do you believe that “a mark of the true man of God” is what Spurgeon in this statement says it is?