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Psalm 94 (3:22)

by Jason Silver (played 16 times)

 

"Vengeance is mine, says this Lord."

The above quote is well known, and often quoted - it can be found in Deuteronomy 32:35 and Romans 12:17-19.

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.’

- and -

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 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.

But just because we say it, just because we read it and nod our heads, well that doesn't mean we live it. Are there people in your life for whom you wish God would bring swift revenge?

I asked myself that question. When I considered revenge toward those difficult people in my past, I immediately hesitated, because there are probably people whom I've offended, hurt, or disappointed who wish revenge upon me as well. That's a sobering thought, isn't it? It might not be true, but it's possible.

I think a humble, honest attitude can go a long way to finding peace in this world. I've never been perfect, and I'm certainly not innocent.
The Psalmist in this passage is aroused by the injustice around him: the widow killed, the stranger accosted, the orphan murdered. He sees the cocky bravado of these offenders who say, "God doesn't see any of our behaviour."

Oh Lord, show this godless generation that you are listening. You do know. You want to bring us to yourself, restore us, make us more loving and peace-seeking.

May it be true!

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Lyrics

O Lord, you God of vengeance,
You God of vengeance, shine forth!
Rise up, O judge of the earth;
Give to the proud what they deserve!
O Lord, how long shall the wicked,
How long shall the wicked exult?
They pour out their arrogant words;
All the evildoers boast.

They crush your people, O Lord,
And afflict your heritage.
They kill the widow and the stranger,
Murder the orphan, and say,
‘The Lord, He does not see;
‘The God of Jacob takes no notice.’

Understand, O dullest of the people;
Fools, when will you be wise?
He made the ear, does he not hear?
He made the eye, does he not see?

He who discipline, gives knowledge to the nations,
Does he not chastise?
The Lord knows all, He knows our thoughts,
That they are but an empty breath.

O Lord, you God of vengeance,
You God of vengeance, shine forth!
Rise up, O judge of the earth;
Give to the proud what they deserve!
O Lord, how long shall the wicked,
How long shall the wicked exult?
They pour out their arrogant words;
All the evildoers boast.

Happy are those instruct,
And whom you teach your law,
Giving them rest from days of trouble,
The Lord will not abandon, forsake his heritage;
Justice return and all will follow.

Who rises up for me against the wicked?
Stands up to evil men?
If the Lord had not been my help,
My soul would move to silent death.

When I thought, ‘My foot– ", I thought, "My foot is slipping’,
Your love, held me up.
When the cares of my heart are many,
Your consolations cheer my soul.

Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
Those who make oppressive laws?
They conspire against the blameless,
And condemn the innocent to death.

But the Lord will protect me,
And my God will shelter me.
He will repay them for their evil
Wipe them out for their iniquity;
The Lord our God will wipe them out.