A Season of Psalms - Psalm 94: 5-7,17
Psalm 94:5-7, 17
“They crush your people, O Lord, and afflict your heritage. They kill the widow and the sojourner, and murder the fatherless; and they say, ‘The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive’…If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would have lived in the land of silence.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Knight Rider was my favorite TV show in the 1980s. What young child (or adult) wasn’t enthralled with a talking car that could leap over roadblocks or crash through solid concrete walls without a scratch? The premise of the show was that one man could make a difference in championing “the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.” In every episode, the criminals were brought to justice and the innocent were vindicated.
God’s people are pleading with Him to champion their cause in Psalm 94. In despair, they call for help, asking how long the wicked will speak and act with evil intent. How long will they crush, afflict, and even murder the helpless and the powerless? Even the wicked doubt God will intervene, claiming He is an aloof deity. But here’s what we know about our God: He sees everything. He knows everything. He is near to all who call on Him. He knows your hurts, your habits, and your hang-ups. He knows the longing of every human heart. And greatest of all: He knows your name. You are His child. You are important to Him. God paid a hefty price to make you His possession and He will not give you up. Hard times will come, yes, but He will certainly carry you through.
Today, if you’re doubting and despairing, remember: When troubles surround us, when evils come, the body grows weak; the spirit grows numb. When these things beset us, He doesn’t forget us. He sends down His love on the wings of a dove.
Further Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18; Isaiah 40:27-31
Pray with me:
Lord, thank You for loving me, saving me, and calling me Your own. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.