It is hard to see injustice and watch as wicked people proudly oppress others and get away with it. That is what seems to have been happening, as the author of this Psalm cries out to the Lord for vengeance.
Psalm 94:1 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.
He asks the Lord to judge the wicked (v.1-2). He asks how long the wicked will get away with their oppression (v.3-7). He challenges the wicked to understand that the Maker of the ear and eye can hear and see (v.8-10).
In all of this and through all of this adversity, the Lord teaches His people from His Word. The Lord reminds us that a day of rest is coming and that one day deliverance will come (v.11-15).
In the meantime, the question is, who will rise up and help those who are oppressed? (v.16). The Lord is always there to help even when no one else will. His mercy and His comforts are a defence and refuge to the oppressed. One day, the Lord will deal with the wicked (v.23).
If you find yourself enduring injustice and oppress, then, in summary, here are a few lessons:
- Remember that vengeance belongs to the Lord – don’t take revenge into your own hands (Rom 12:19).
- Talk to God about the situation and trust in Him to deliver in the end.
- Don’t look to men for wisdom about your situation; read God’s law (the Bible) so God can teach you through this time of adversity.
- Be willing to do what you can to help others who are in trouble.