O, Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs-God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth! Rise up, O judge of the earth; Render punishment to the proud. Lord, how long will the wicked, How long will the wicked triumph? Psalm 94 NKJV
God is the refuge of the righteous.
The psalmist calls for justice, complains of the tyranny of the wicked and their lack of respect for God. Many of the Psalms are pleas for protection justice and vengeance. It has taken me ninety-four chapter to gain some understanding of why.
The evil deeds of the wicked afflicted God’s people. The Psalmists struggled with the desire to take vengeance against their enemies.
I struggle with the same desires. I have seen evil people abuse and exploit people I love. I have seen the ungodly go unpunished for harming innocent people. I confess that I have committed murder in my heart, have you?
It is perplexing and amazing that a book so full of praise prayer and thanksgiving also gives us the imprecatory psalms. They were written to call down curses and pray for vengeance. The same heart so filled with the love of God can also contain hatred!
These prayers for vengeance against their enemies represent the psalmist’s repentance. They sought refuge from their sin in the arms of the Lord!
Blessed is the man whom you instruct, O Lord, And teach out of Your law, That You may give him rest from the days of his adversity, until the pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not cast off His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance, But judgment will return to righteousness, And all the upright in heart will follow it. Vs 12-15
God does not leave the redeemed in sin. He teaches us through His Word. The Word of God is where we find peace in a fallen world.
There will come a day when evil people who afflict others and do not repent will be held accountable for their sin. They will not dwell in the presence of the Lord with God’s people. They will not spend eternity basking in the Sonlight of pure love and righteousness!
Who will rise up for me against the evil doers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul would have settled in silence. If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. Vs 16-19
These verses raise questions we should ask ourselves when we are overcome with anger and the desire for vengeance. Will we trust Jesus or turn to the arm of flesh?
Cry out to the Lord when your anxieties and anger overwhelm you. Fill your soul with the mercy and comforts of God. Vengeance belongs to the Lord. He will not be denied. Sin and wickedness will not prevail. The God of the bible will never fail!
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