Monday 24 October 2022

Psalm 94

1 The LORD is a God who avenges. O God who avenges, shine forth. 2 Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. 3 How long, LORD, will the wicked, how long will the wicked be jubilant? 4 They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting. 5 They crush your people, LORD; they oppress your inheritance. 6 They slay the widow and the foreigner; they murder the fatherless. 7 They say, “The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob takes no notice.” 8 Take notice, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise? 9 Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see? 10 Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge? 11 The LORD knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile. 12 Blessed is the one you discipline, LORD, the one you teach from your law; 13 you grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked. 14 For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance. 15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it. 16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers? 17 Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. 18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. 19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. 20 Can a corrupt throne be allied with you— a throne that brings on misery by its decrees? 21 The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. 22 But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. 23 He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.

How long, Lord? This Psalm shows the timelessness of humanity and our interactions with God. Just think, this was written thousands of years ago yet our cry is the same today. Unjust leaders and nations still prevail, people still think there is no God or a God who is not present or caring, that consequences or judgement for sin and wrongdoing do not exist. Christians are still persecuted for their faith.

I love that this psalm also shows us the long patience of God. His long care for his creation. Our writer wants all the ‘wicked’ judged and destroyed pretty much immediately, I know that I have wanted that for injustice and those who commit horrendous atrocities to others and have struggled to understand why God doesn’t ‘take them out’. But God does not want any to perish without opportunity to change and turn to Him, so there is hope and certainty in this psalm while we wait for His action. He will not forget us. He supports us. He brings us joy and comfort. He is our fortress and rock. He is our refuge. His love for us is unfailing.  When the darkness of the world seems too much, He is there, bringing light and comfort, Jesus is present.

Lord, thank you for your continued mercy toward our world, I have no doubt that your judgement will one day come. Lord thank you for your patience with me, I was once with the ‘wicked’ but your continued patience gave me time to change and believe in Jesus. I pray for those I know, who do not have relationship with Jesus, that they too would have time to change and believe before your judgement comes.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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