April 11 – Devotion

Date: April 11, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 94

He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
He who formed the eye, does he not see?
(Ps. 94:9, ESV)

In the early verses of Psalm 94, the psalmist, who cannot be identified with certainty,
cries out to the Lord in prayer, indicating his frustration that the Lord is not punishing the wicked or evildoers for their evil deeds. For example, in verse 3, the psalmist says “O Lord . . . how long shall the wicked exult?”(v. 3, ESV)—which questions how long the wicked will triumphantly rejoice. But even though the psalmist is frustrated, he recognizes that vengeance belongs to God. Christians today can certainly learn from these verses. We should recognize that we must be patient and wait upon God to act, according to his timetable. That means that we should not retaliate, or seek retribution when we are mistreated or mocked by unrighteous people.

Beginning in verse 4, the psalmist points out how the wicked or unrighteous in his day were treating the followers of God—using arrogant words, then boasting about it; killing widows; and murdering the fatherless. In other words, most of their actions were affecting defenseless people. The psalmist then points out how the wicked mock God and how they say foolish things indicating their perception of God. For example, according to the psalmist, the wicked say “The Lord does not see;/the God of Jacob does not perceive” (v.7, ESV).

Then the psalmist turns to the wicked and points out some of their foolishness by saying, in effect, if God created the ear for humans, can he not hear? If he formed the eye for human beings, can he not see? In my opinion, the psalmist was not seeking retribution, but rather he was reaching out to the unrighteous, trying to warn them to recognize the error in their ways, and trying to get them to turn to God. As Christians today, we should try to do the same. We should pray for those who mock us, and even treat us badly. In addition, we should try to help them understand why we believe in God as our Creator and why we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. In other words, we should witness to them, as the occasion presents itself.

Finally, we can learn from the psalmist, when he said in the final verses of Psalm 94 (vvs. 22-23, ESV):
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.

Summary: According to the Holman Old Testament Commentary, Psalm 94 teaches us that God is holy and righteous, and that he will avenge all of the wrongs inflicted on His people. Therefore, as Christians, we should wait patiently on the Lord to fulfill the promises he has made in His Word to act in judgment against the enemies of His people. According to Scripture, vengeance belongs to God, not man.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, help us to turn to you in all our afflictions caused by the unrighteous and not to seek revenge or retribution. Help us to wait patiently on you to fulfill your promises to act in judgment against the enemies of your people.

Prepared by:
Tom Taylor

One Response to “April 11 – Devotion”

  1. Debbie Keen says:

    Thank you, Tom, for today’s devotion! We should all practice waiting on the Lord.

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