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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 94: A Judicial Assessment


[Preliminary Comments: The unnamed psalmist confronts the wicked of the world with the truth – God is The Judge who will deal with all wickedness. He states this truth [v.1] and calls the Lord to come as judge [v.2]. He points out the need that is here [v.3], detailing the wrongs of the wicked [v.4-7] and he rebukes the wicked for their folly in not seeing that the Lord sees them and will deal with them [v.8-11]. He thanks the Lord for teaching him right ways [v.12,13] and affirms that He is here to stand for His people [v.14,15]. He recognises his own need of the Lord if he is to stand against the wicked [v.16,17] and he knows that when he felt insecure, the Lord had been there for him [v.18,19] so that even though corruption exists [v.20,21] the Lord will deal with it [v.22,23]. A Judicial Statement of one of the roles of God.]



v.1,2 God the justice bringer


v.1  The Lord is a God who avenges.
     O God who avenges, shine forth.
v.2  Rise up, Judge of the earth;
     pay back to the proud what they deserve.

v.3 Yet the psalmist draws the Lord's attention to the wicked


v.3  How long, Lord, will the wicked,
     how long will the wicked be jubilant?


v.4-7 He points out four things they do


v.4  They pour out arrogant words;
     all the evildoers are full of boasting.
v.5   They crush your people, Lord;
     they oppress your inheritance.
v.6   They slay the widow and the foreigner;
     they murder the fatherless.
v.7   They say, ‘The Lord does not see;
     the God of Jacob takes no notice.'


v.8-11 He rebukes the wicked for not realising the Lord sees and knows all


v.8  Take notice, you senseless ones among the people;
     you fools, when will you become wise?
v.9  Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?
     Does he who formed the eye not see?
v.10  Does he who disciplines nations not punish?
     Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge?
v.11  The Lord knows all human plans;
     he knows that they are futile.


v.12,13 He thanks the Lord for His teaching, His discipline


v.12  Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord,
     the one you teach from your law;
v.13  you grant them relief from days of trouble,
     till a pit is dug for the wicked.

v.14,15 He affirms the Lord's presence as Judge


v.14  For the Lord will not reject his people;
     he will never forsake his inheritance.
v.15  Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,
     and all the upright in heart will follow it.


v.16,17 In opposing the wicked we need the Lord's help


v.16  Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
     Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?
v.17  Unless the Lord had given me help,
     I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.

v.18,19 We may feel insecure but the Lord is there for us


v.18  When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,'
     your unfailing love, Lord , supported me.
v.19  When anxiety was great within me,
     your consolation brought me joy.


v.20,21 In this fallen world corruption still exists


v.20  Can a corrupt throne be allied with you –
     a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
v.21  The wicked band together against the righteous
     and condemn the innocent to death.

v.22,23 Yet the Judge is still here and will deal with them


v.22  But the Lord has become my fortress,
     and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
v.23  He will repay them for their sins
     and destroy them for their wickedness;
     the Lord our God will destroy them.



[Additional Comments: The psalm comes as a warning to the wicked that the Lord comes as a judge of all and will deal with all forms



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