Psalm 94

Read: Psalm 94:1; Deuteronomy 32:35 – 43; Romans 12:19; Hebrews 10:30

The central truth celebrated in Psalm 94 is that vengeance belongs to God.  This principle does not rule out the functioning of a God-sanctioned system of justice, for example, the role of the avenger in the Old Testament. But it does rule out  personal vendettas and carrying on of blood feuds.

Think About It: “Don’t get mad; get even” is a popular saying. What is hard about leaving vengeance to God?  Am I carrying a grudge against anyone? What do I need to do about it?

Prayer: Thank God for His justice and His mercy.

 

Read: Psalm 94:2 – 7, 20 – 21; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; Psalm 2:9 – 11; Matthew 25:41 – 46

The psalmist called on God to avenge Himself on the wicked, that is, on those particularly deserving of His judgment. The psalm lists the following characteristics of the wicked: v. 2, they are proud; v. 4, they speak hard and boastful things; v. 5, they afflict God’s people; v. 6, they are murderously violent, especially against those who are weak; v. 7, they believe God does not see or care what they do; v. 20, they legalize their mischief; v. 21, they condemn innocent blood.

Think About It: What are some notable historical examples of people who fit Psalm 94’s definition of the wicked?  How did these people end up?

Prayer: Thank God that He punishes evildoers.

Read: Psalm 94: 8 – 11; Psalm 44:21; Luke 16:15; Acts 15:8; Psalm 139:1 – 2

Contrary to what the wicked believe, God hears, sees, has knowledge; he even knows what we are thinking.

Think About It: Obviously, the fact that God is fully aware of all I say, do, and even think is a sobering thought.  Why can it also be a comforting idea (see for example Luke 12:6 – 7)?

Prayer: Thank God that He knows me and cares about me.

 

Read: Psalm 94:12 – 13; Hebrews 12:5 – 13; Proverbs 3:11

God’s chastening and His teaching are a blessing.  God’s chastening and teaching give a man “rest” until such time as the wicked are destroyed.  The Hebrew word translated “rest” is shaqat, and refers to calmness, peace, and quietness.

Think About It: What are some means that God uses to chasten and discipline us?  Are we always aware of God’s chastening? Have I ever experienced God’s chastening? How is it that chastening produce calmness, peace, and quietness?

Prayer: Thank God that He loves me enough to discipline me.

 

Read: Psalm 94:14 – 15; Deuteronomy 4:31; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5

God will not forsake His people; He will judge in righteousness and bless the upright.

Think About It: Contrast the promise of Deuteronomy 4:31 with Deuteronomy 31:16 – 17. What are the conditions of God’s promise? Have I ever felt forsaken by God? What is the remedy for this (Deuteronomy 30:2 – 3)?

Prayer: Praise God for His faithfulness.

 

Read: Psalm 94:16- 22; Psalm 73:2 – 3; 16 – 18

Psalm 94:16 – 22 clarifies what comforts the righteous person.  Sometimes he stands alone (v. 16), but God helps him (v. 17). Sometimes his foot almost slips (v. 18), but God lifts him up. God comforts his thoughts (v. 19).

Think About It: According to Psalm 94:20 – 23 and Psalm 73:2 -3, what are some ways of thinking that would be comforting to a person distressed by the apparent ascendency of the wicked? Have I ever been distressed in this way?

Prayer:  Praise God that He lifts me up when I am in danger of falling.

Read: Psalm 94:23; Romans 1:27; 6:23; 11:22; Isaiah 33:22; Revelation 6:10

One comforting thought for the righteous person who is distressed by the apparent ascendency of the wicked is that God will judge the wicked. According to Psalm 94:23, God will bring upon them their own iniquity and cut them off in their own wickedness.

Think About It: What would be a typical example of God judging a wicked person by “bringing upon them their own iniquity”? Am I convinced that the wicked are going to “get what they deserve”? Am I going to get what I deserve, and why or why not?

Prayer: Thank God for His mercy on me!

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