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>Psalm 94:1-15

In Psalms, Theology on August 6, 2007 by mstevensrev

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94:1 O Lord, God of vengeance,
O God of vengeance, shine forth!
2 Rise up, O judge of the earth;
repay to the proud what they deserve!
3 O Lord, how long shall the wicked,
how long shall the wicked exult?
4 They pour out their arrogant words;
all the evildoers boast.
5 They crush your people, O Lord,
and afflict your heritage.
6 They kill the widow and the sojourner,
and murder the fatherless;
7 and they say, “The Lord does not see;
the God of Jacob does not perceive.”

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

12 Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord,
and whom you teach out of your law,
13 to give him rest from days of trouble,
until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not forsake his people;
he will not abandon his heritage;
15 for justice will return to the righteous,
and all the upright in heart will follow it.

We currently have a family member who is leading a group of political radicals here in the Seattle Area. They not only believe that 911 was a lie, but are also taking action against events that have not happen yet such as the canceling of the 2008 election. Part of our struggle with this movement is the lack of clarity and speculation involved with their assumptions. Is the current administration beyond reproach. I don’t thing so, but the evidence I have is very misleading. All I know I get through news sources that are filters of filters. In regards to both groups I rest in this Psalm. That God will pay back the wicked. Those who have arrogant words and evildoers.

Discipline and vengeance are gifts from God. The Psalmist does not excluded himself from God’s discipline which is surprising. Afflict your heritage, kill the widow and the fatherless. God hears….he made our ears, God sees….he made our eyes. He teaches us but even all that he teaches us is a breath in comparison to the knowledge of God.

God disciplines those he loves. He does not want us to be caught up in the wrong things, but rather want to rip them from us so that he can fill our lives. He will remain faithful to us even in times of our disobedience. Though he may discipline us he is not abandoning us, he will return justice to the righteous and it will be clear which way to follow.

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