Through the Bible Day by Day
O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.
THE LORD WHO RULETH OVER ALL
It is thought that these two psalms date from the Assyrian invasion in Hezekiah’s time, and that the psalmist compares the strength of Sennacherib and his hosts to the mighty breakers of the sea. But they well befit all times of anxiety and opposition. It is interesting to remember, also, that these and the six psalms which follow have always been applied by the Jews to the days of the Messiah. Surely, then, we may apply them to our own time.
It is an infinite comfort to know that above and beyond all that distresses and hinders the Church or our individual lives, there exists the great fact of our Lord’s sovereignty. This encourages us in conflict and makes us steadfast and unmovable. We can almost hear the dash of successive breakers with foam and fury around the throne of God, which, however, stands without a tremor. The miracle of Jesus in quieting the storm has a symbolic and far-reaching meaning. He is in our hearts, in the world, and in His Church, as it is tossed on the surface of the storm-swept water-“and Jesus rules the waves.” He must vindicate the law of righteousness and save His people.
They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
THE LORD OUR DEFENSE AGAINST EVIL-DOERS
Let us ponder all the great things that God will do for them that trust Him. He planted the ear, and will detect the sigh, sob, or broken utterance of His child, Psa_94:9. He formed the eye, and He knows our sorrows. He watches the sparrow’s fall, and His child is of more value than many sparrows. He corrects us; shall we not be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live, Psa_94:10? He knows our thoughts; let us ask Him to purify and restrain them, Psa_94:11. He teaches out of His Law; let us be diligent students of the Scriptures, Psa_94:12. He will neither cast us off nor forsake us, Psa_94:14.
The Lord is our help, and the soul that trusts Him shall not be silenced, Psa_94:17. He holds us up when our foot slips, Psa_94:18. Whatever thoughts may startle or affright us, God has a comfort suited to counteract each of them. His comforts delight the soul. They bring joy and hope with them, Psa_94:19. He defends us against the charges laid at our door, and is a rock on which we may stand steadily, amid the seething waters, Psa_94:22. If God be for us, who can be against us, or who can separate us from His love? Rom_8:31.