Day 14 – Psalm 94
1O Lord, God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, shine forth!
2Rise up, O judge of the earth; repay to the proud what they deserve!
3O Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exult?
4They pour out their arrogant words; all the evildoers boast.
5They crush Your people, O Lord, and afflict Your heritage.
6They kill the widow and the sojourner, and murder the fatherless;
7and they say, “The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive.”
8Understand, O dullest of the people! Fools, when will you be wise?
9He who planted the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see?
10He who disciplines the nations, does He not rebuke? He who teaches man knowledge—
11the Lord—knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath.
12Blessed is the man whom You discipline, O Lord, and whom You teach out of Your law,
13to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14For the Lord will not forsake His people; He will not abandon His heritage;
15for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.
16Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers?
17If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
18When I thought, “My foot slips,” Your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
19When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
20Can wicked rulers be allied with You, those who frame injustice by statute?
21They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.
22But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.
23He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the Lord our God will wipe them out.
Prayer of Reflection:
“Father, we live in times that seem to raise more questions than answers. The media bury us with images that depict a world spiraling out of control. Violent, lawless men commit their atrocities believing they are serving a god – whom they have created in their own image. The leaders of our nation find it more expedient to appease the loudest voices while closing their ears to Yours.
“Lord, at times I get discouraged like those the psalmist calls “the dullest of people.” I forget that the One who planted the ear still hears. You, who formed the eye, see all that is going on.
“Your unfailing love and tender care for Your people, for me and my family, is a rock that we stand on every day. May our confidence in the Lord our God and His ultimate justice serve to encourage believers who are part of our lives and give hope to those who have none. To God be the glory. Amen.”
by Karl Snyder