As I read the Psalms this morning; particularly Psalms 91 – 95; the 94th Psalm and verse 1 was of special interest. Now let me say off the start that there is no one I can think of that I want harm or God’s vengeance or mine to come on. I do not believe the Psalmist had any one individual in mind either. However, there is evil in the world, and most of the time evil comes through people.
One of the greatest evils of our time in the United States of America is abortion; the murder of the unborn human child. However, we do not want to continue evil by doing evil in taking the lives of those who are in the eyes of the Supreme Court of our country, and “law of the land”. Vengeance is in our Lord’s hands. It is not mine or ours.
“O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew Thyself.” Psalm 94:1 (KJV)
The act of retribution upon evil is God’s. We as citizens of our nation have the power and authority to try and overthrow the ruling of the SC, and write new laws, but not to take life.
Reading the above verse makes me think of a couple of others,
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19, (Deuteronomy 32:35).
The other one being to finish up the sentence of the Psalmist, “Shew Thyself”,
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a (KJV)
Vengeance is the Lord’s. It is sweeter when we leave it in God’s hands; and the justice done is so much more redeeming when we leave it with Him.
For any evil, there is forgiveness when one comes to the cross of Jesus Christ.
-Tim A. Blankenship