A lover of Divine law butters up his God and then asks him to smite his enemies.
AN ATHEISTIC BIBLE STUDY OF PSALM 119
By far the longest and most complex of the Psalms and the most literary portion of the entire Bible. It is a very tightly disciplined and structured poem, divided into set stanzas, representing each of the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet from Aleph to Tau.
The narrator is a passionate lover of the laws of God, (including the Ten Commandments of Moses). He fears the consequences of breaking the laws, even unintentionally, and sets himself to a life-long meditation and theological study of the laws set out in the Torah.
The writer seems to grovel in fear and promises of devotion to God that begin to seem quite forced and laboured at times. The writer cannot comprehend the wickedness of anyone in the World who is not committed to the same course of action he himself takes on. He cannot understand why some people break laws set anthem by a God they clearly believe in, despite knowing that this God is likely to punish them horribly frothier transgressions from his laws.
The writer also begs God to smite down the people who do him, the righteous believer, any wrong, as he believes in God more than they do.
Here, devotion caves in to fanaticism and grovelling in fear, as well as a willingness to use religion to condemn any of the believer’s enemies. For all its structural complexity, 119 are a simple vision of a man who feels himself a cut above the common rabble around himself. God I love you but here is a list of the people who don’t – hardly a good religious attitude.