Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
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God the Refuge of the Righteous
O Lord God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ēl), to whom vengeance belongs—
O God (‘ēl), to whom vengeance belongs,
- Romans 12:19
Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
- Hebrews 10:30
For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”
Psalm 94:2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth;
Render (Repay with) punishment to the proud.
- Psalm 58:11 So that men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely He is God who judges in the earth.”
Psalm 94:3 Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), how long will the wicked, How long will the wicked triumph?
- Deuteronomy 32:35
Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.’
Psalm 94:4 They utter speech, and speak insolent things; All the workers of iniquity boast in themselves.
Psalm 94:5 They break in pieces Your people, O Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), and afflict Your heritage.
Psalm 94:6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
Psalm 94:7 Yet they say, “The Lord (yâ) does not see,
Nor does the God (‘ĕlōhîm) of Jacob understand (pay attention).”
- Mark 4:22
For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.
- Genesis 16:13
Then she called the name of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees (‘ēl rŏ’î); for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?”
- Note: Yᵊhōvâ and ‘ēl are the same God.
Psalm 94:8 Understand, you senseless among the people; and you fools, when will you be wise?
- What’s the difference between a wise man and a fool?
- A wise man will choose the most valuable things in life. A fool chooses the most worthless things.
- A wise man values his dignity, his God-given gifts. A fool values his pride, his sense of ego full of yeast which puffs him up beyond that which God made him.
- A wise man knows there is a time of accountability. A fool says “There is no God and no accountability.”
- A wise man counts the days of his life. A fool throws his days away to other fools.
- A fool cannot see the pain in other’s lives. A wise man cares for the needs of others.
- A fool cannot forgive. A wise man knows and forgives.
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- A pastor received a letter from a congregant. When he removed the letter from the envelope, it had one word written on it – “Fool”!
“Well”, said the pastor, “the sender signed the letter, but didn’t write anything else!”
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Psalm 94:9 He who planted the ear, shall He not hear?
He who formed the eye, shall He not see?
- The Creator makes an ear because He has an ear. He makes the eye because He has an eye. The Creator both sees and hears.
Psalm 94:10 He who instructs (disciplines) the nations (Gentiles), shall He not correct,
He who teaches man knowledge?
Psalm 94:11 The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.
- The sin of men is their pride. The pride of man is his vanity. The vanity of man is emptiness, worthlessness, and futility. An empty man who tries to fill his emptiness without God makes himself bigger, puffed up in pride, and makes himself emptier.
- Sin makes fools of men.
Psalm 94:12 Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord (yâ), and teach out of Your law,
- Blessed is the child who is given instructions by his parents, the child who knows its boundaries, the child who is taught accountability.
Psalm 94:13 That You may give him rest (relief) from the days of adversity,
Until the pit is dug for the wicked.
Psalm 94:14 For the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) will not cast off (abandon) His people,
Nor will He forsake His inheritance.
- God will never abandon His chosen people. Instead He will work with them until they are righteous in His eyes.
Psalm 94:15 But judgment will return to righteousness,
And all the upright in heart will follow it.
Psalm 94:16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
- God has the back of the righteous man and His ear is open to their cries.
Psalm 94:17 Unless the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) had been my help,
My soul would soon have settled in silence.
Psalm 94:18 If I say, “My foot slips,”
Your mercy, O Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), will hold me up.
Psalm 94:19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
- God cares as much as we do, He just isn’t as worried.
Psalm 94:20 Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law,
Have fellowship with You?
- Man cannot create enough laws to control evil. Evil does not obey laws.
Psalm 94:21 They gather together against the life of the righteous,
And condemn innocent blood.
- David, like Jesus, were at the mercy of their conspirators.
- If Jesus refused to go to the cross as the Passover Lamb, David could not have been found righteous at Passover.
- Jesus voluntarily gave himself to His conspirators so that David could be saved from his conspirators.
Psalm 94:22 But the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) has been my defense,
And my God (‘ĕlōhîm) the rock of my refuge.
Psalm 94:23 He has brought on them their own iniquity,
And shall cut them off (destroy them) in their own wickedness;
The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) our God (‘ĕlōhîm) shall cut them off.
- God loves to turn the tables on Satan.
- Haman built the gallows for Mordecai and God hung Haman on those gallows.
- Satan wanted to destroy Job. God humiliated Satan and gave Job more.