|Psalms 94 |
1 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs; O God, to whom vengeance belongs, show yourself.
2 Lift up yourself, you judge of the earth; render a [punishing] reward to the proud.
3 LORD, how long will the wicked, how long will the wicked triumph?
4 How long will they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?
5 They break your people into pieces, O LORD, and afflict your heritage.
6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
7 Yet they say, "The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob care about it."
8 Understand, you brutish among the people; and you fools, when will you be wise?
9 He who placed the ear [on your head], shall he not hear? He who formed the eye, shall he not see?
10 He who chastises the heathen, shall not he correct? He who teaches man knowledge, shall not he know?
11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man, and that they are vanity.1 [Paul, addressing crucified believers, wrote: "we also all had our conduct in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts of our mind." Eph 2:3. From the Word of the Lord within: "The mind is not subject to the law, nor can it be. We labor with a cursed mind for the carnal mind is neither subject to the law of God, nor can it be. That which is in the enmity must die. All thoughts must be rejected." Grace destroys the sinful nature with its carnal mind.]
12 Blessed is the man whom you chasten, O LORD, and teach him out of your law;
13 That you may give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
15 But justice shall return to righteousness, and all the upright in heart shall follow it.
16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
17 Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelled in silence.
18 When I said, "My foot slips;" your mercy, O LORD, held me up.
19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me your comforts delight my soul.
20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, who frame and hide their evil by a law?
21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
22 But the LORD is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge.
23 And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yes, the LORD our God shall cut them off.
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1 The LORD knows the thoughts of man, and that they are vanity. The Lord knows all men's thoughts, words, and deeds; he remembers all of them from everyone. From the word of the Lord within: "your thoughts, at best, are a vain hiss," (as from a snake). Our spirits are selfish, sown by Satan, who taught us to become our own gods, who led us in rebellion, who then became our master, whom we serve; until the Lord completely delivers us from our sins. We can talk about Christ and God all day, we can sing, we can read the Bible, we can pray continually — but until our carnal mind, which is enmity to God, has been destroyed, and replaced by the mind of Christ, everything is vanity, everything is an abomination to the Lord. We are selfish, ravenous beasts, until the Lord changes us by his grace. See Only Those Who Do the Will of the Father Enter Heaven for more.
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