Psalm 94: Avenger of the Righteous

Why should vengeance be left to God and not be something we do?

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Psalm 94:1 Vengeance is your right, Lord God, so bring punishment where it is due.
Matthew 5:39 I say you should not try to get even. If people slap you on the cheek, do not retaliate, but allow them to slap the other cheek.
Romans 12:19 Fellow believers, don’t seek vengeance when people mistreat you. If needed, God will handle punishment better than you can, for he says in Scripture, Vengeance is mine, and I’ll see justice done.
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Psalm 94:1 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.
Matthew 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

What do proud people deserve?

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Psalm 94:2Rise up, Judge of Earth, and reward proud people with what they deserve.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride will destroy a person. Arrogance is sure to take a fatal fall.
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Psalm 94:2 Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

How should Christians feel about wicked people who prosper, unpunished?

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Psalm 94:3–4 How long, Lord, will you allow the wicked to celebrate? Making threats and doing wicked things, they boast as if there will be no consequence for their actions.
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Psalm 94:3–4 Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

How can the unrighteous think there will be no consequence for their actions?

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Psalm 94:5–7 Lord, they crush your people and abuse all that belongs to you. While they murder widows, orphans, and foreigners, they say, “The Lord isn’t looking. The God of Jacob doesn’t care what we do.”
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Psalm 94:5–7 They break in pieces thy people, O Lord, and afflict thine heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless. Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.

How can people miss what should be obvious?

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Psalm 94:8 Wake up, you stupid people. Quit playing the fool, and accept the truth.
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Psalm 94:8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?

How well does God see and hear? What effect should that knowledge have upon our actions?

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Psalm 94:9 Do you suppose the one who made your ears is deaf? Is the Creator of your eyes blind?
Psalm 139:2 You see every time I sit or stand. No matter how distant I might think I am, you still know my thoughts.
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Psalm 94:9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
Psalm 139:2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

How important is God’s discipline and guidance?

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Psalm 94:10–13 Can’t he who disciplines people correct us? Can he who teaches not know? Of course he must.
The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, how useless they are.
Those who receive the Lord’s teaching and correction are blessed 13 with peace in tumultuous times while a grave is being dug for the wicked.
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Psalm 94:10–13 He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know? The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law; That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.

Given the number of reasons he could, why won’t God forsake his people?

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Psalm 94:14 The Lord will not forsake his people. He won’t abandon those who belong to him.
2 Timothy 2:11–13 You can trust this saying: if we suffer and die for Christ, we will live with him forever. If we suffer for Christ’s sake, we will reign with him, but if we deny him, he will deny us. Even if we choose not to believe, he still loves us, because he cannot deny who he is.
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Psalm 94:14 For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
2 Timothy 2:11–13 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

What can we expect from God’s righteous judgment?

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Psalm 94:15 Righteous judgment is coming for those whose hearts are right.
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Psalm 94:15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

When do people typically recognize their need for God’s help? How could they miss knowing?

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Psalm 94:16–18 Who will oppose the evildoers and stand with me against the cruelty? Without your help, Lord, I would have been as good as dead. When I cried out, “Lord, my foot is slipping,” you kept me from falling.
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Psalm 94:16–18 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.

Why do people, even Christians, have conflicting thoughts? How is that conflict resolved?

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Psalm 94:19 In all my conflicting thoughts, you comforted and thrilled me deep within.
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Psalm 94:19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

Can those who hate God change to loving him? If so, how? If not, why not?

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Psalm 94:20–21 Can those who scheme against your precepts and reign in corruption ever join forces with you? They join in a mob to attack the righteous, condemning the innocent to death.
Jeremiah 13:23 Can people change the color of their skin, or can the leopards remove their spots? If so, then those who practice evil can also do good.
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Psalm 94:20–21 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
Jeremiah 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

What should we say to people who aren’t feeling safe?

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Psalm 94:22 But the Lord is my fortress of defense. God is the rock who keeps me safe.
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Psalm 94:22 But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

Is it God or people’s wrongdoing that brings about their destruction? Why?

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Psalm 94:23 Our Lord God will cut off the wicked. Their own wrongdoing will bring their destruction.
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Psalm 94:23 And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off.