Finding Yourself in the Psalms

Psalm 94

A Psalm About God’s Hatred

or “A Psalm For Believers Surrounded by Evil

Did I title this correctly?
“The Bible speaks of God’s anger more than 100x” (Ray Pritchard, “Stealth Attack” 66).
VENGEANCE – WRATH
(Isaiah 61:8) "“For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them."
(Zechariah 8:17) "do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate

all this,” declares the Lord."

(Malachi 2:16) "“I hate divorce,” says the Lord God of Israel, “and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment,” says the Lord Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith."
(Proverbs 6:16-19) "There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who utters life, and one who spreads strife among brothers.”
We minimize God’s GRACE to the degree that we deny His VENGEANCE LET’S BE CLEAR – It is GOD who avenges.
ON EARTH – He has chosen HUMAN GOVERNMENT to carry out justice

Rom 13:1-4

We must apply Psalm 94 on a spiritual level
Christopher Hitchens, “God is not Great” – CNN last night re. Jerry Fallwell
BEYOND BLASPHEMOUS “God is not Great”
“Why would God allow someone to stand in the middle of a thunderstorm and holler, I DARE YOU TO STRIKE ME?”

Psalm 94.

I. The Righteous Plea for God’s Justice. 94:1-3
A. Request: “RISE UP O God”
B. Question: “How Long, O God?”
1. (Psalm 6:3) "My soul is in anguish. How long, O Lord, how long?"
2. (Psalm 35:17) "O Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue my life from their ravages, my precious life from these lions."
3. (Psalm 90:13) "Relent, O Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants."
4. (Revelation 6:10) "They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”"
II. The Righteous Pain over the Arrogance of the Wicked. 94:4-11
A. The Actions of the Wicked. 94:4-6
1. Their WORDS. 94:4
2. Their PERSECUTION of God’s People. 94:5
3. Their OPPRESSION of the poor. 94:5
B. The Arrogance of the Wicked. 94:7-11
1. Their CLAIM: “They say the Lord does not see.” 94:7
2. The ANSWER: “it is foolish to talk back to the creator!
a. Illus – “God created me Gay”
b. They make some reference to His power to create, but deny His authority to Govern!
III. The Righteous Praise God for His Care. 94:12-15
A. A DIFFERENCE between the RIGHTEOUS and the WICKED is that God disciplines the RIGHTEOUS. 94:12.
1. The Unrighteous are not sons.
2. Hebrews 12:7-11
B. FIVE PROMISES to remember when living in an age of evil
1. The Lord will Not Reject His People. 94:14 a. ISA 43:2-4
2. Judgment is coming. 94:15
a. (Matthew 12:36) "But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken."
3. God will Support you. 94:3

a. Illus – King David

b. (Psalm 37:23-24) "If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand."

4.

God will Comfort you when you are anxious. 94:19

5.

The Wicked Will be Judged by God. 94:23

IV.

The Righteou

A. 16-17

B. 22

s Promise To Trust in the Lord. 94:16-23