A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Psalms 94 – A Prayer to the God of Vengeance

O LORD, God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, shine forth! Rise up, O judge of the earth; repay to the proud what they deserve! O LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exult? They pour out their arrogant words; all the evildoers boast. They crush your people, O LORD, and afflict your heritage. They kill the widow and the sojourner, and murder the fatherless; and they say, “The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive.”

Understand, O dullest of the people! Fools, when will you be wise? He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see? He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke? He who teaches man knowledge– the LORD–knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath.

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD, and whom you teach out of your law, to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked. For the LORD will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage; for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it. Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers?

If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute? They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. But the LORD has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge. He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the LORD our God will wipe them out.
(Psalms 94:1-23)

4 Comments

  1. Oh, this really blessed me this morning! Thank you! I’m feeling so depressed and frustrated and empty lately. This brought me comfort.

  2. Brenda R

    The Psalms always give me comfort. What a beautiful Lord’s day it has been.

  3. Seeing Clearly

    Thank you, Jeff. This puts in perspective where God is in my life. While God sometimes seems so silent, I am incorrect in my in equating silence with inactivity. God does not use my time clock. God has His own. This weekend, I encountered my ex at our daughter’s wedding. He has not changed, but I have changed as I was able to recognize the presence of God who will wipe him (my ex) out. I literally felt the vengeful activity of Almighty God.

  4. Yep friends, Jeff and I each published a post this Sunday! Woops.

    We have been very busy and tired. Never mind. You got one heady doctrinal post, and one psalm of encouragement post, so take what you please.

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