Yahweh will help defeat the wicked (Ps 94:16-90:23)

“Who rises up for me against the wicked?

Who stands up for me against evildoers?

If Yahweh had not been my help,

My soul would soon have lived

In the land of silence.

When I thought.

‘My foot slips,’

Your steadfast love held me up.

Yahweh!

When the cares of my heart are many,

Your consolations cheer my soul.

Can wicked rulers be allied with you?

Who are those who contrive mischief by statute?

They band together against the life of the righteous.

They condemn the innocent to death.

But Yahweh has become my stronghold.

Yahweh is my God.

Yahweh is the rock of my refuge.

He will repay them for their iniquity.

He will wipe them out for their wickedness.

Yahweh!

Our God will wipe them out.”

This psalm concludes with the psalmist not worried. Yahweh has already helped him, keeping him from falling. He has risen up against the wicked and the evildoers. He was the consolation of his heart. The evildoers and the wicked joined together to condemn the innocent. However, his God, Yahweh, had repaid them because of their wickedness. They will be wiped out because Yahweh is the rock of his refuge, the stronghold for this psalmist.

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Yahweh will help (Ps 94:12-94:15)

“Happy are those

Whom you discipline!

Yahweh!

Happy are those

Whom you teach

Out of your law.

Give them respite from days of trouble,

Until a pit is dug for the wicked.

Yahweh will not forsake his people.

He will not abandon his heritage.

Justice will return to the righteous.

All the upright in heart will follow it.”

Everyone should be happy to be disciplined by Yahweh. When Yahweh teaches them out of the law, they should be happy. They will get rest from their troubled days when the pit for the wicked is finally dug. Yahweh will not abandon his people or his heritage. Justice will come to the righteous. The upright in heart will follow. There is no need to worry. Yahweh will come through for them.

Fools do not understand (Ps 94:8-94:11)

“Understand!

O dullest of the people!

Fools!

When will you be wise?

He who planted the ear,

Does he not hear?

He who formed the eye,

Does he not see?

He who disciplines the nations,

Does he not chastise?

He who teaches men knowledge,

Does he not chastise?

Yahweh knows our thoughts.

Our thoughts are but an empty breath.”

The psalmist believes that the fools do not understand. He reminded them that they will have to have wisdom. Since God planted the ear and eye, he can certainly see and hear. As God has disciplined and thought all the nations, he can certainly chastise people. Yahweh knows everything since our thoughts are like an empty breath.

The works of the wicked (Ps 94:4-94:7)

“They pour out their arrogant words.

All the evildoers boast.                                              

They crush your people!

Yahweh!

They afflict your heritage.

They kill the widow.

They kill the stranger.

They murder the orphan.

They say.

‘Yahweh does not see.

The God of Jacob does not perceive.’”

Now the psalmist gives a description of what the wicked do. They pour out their arrogant words. They boast about their evil deeds. They crush the people of Yahweh’s heritage. They kill the widow, the stranger, and the orphans. Basically, they kill the weak people in society. They say that Yahweh does not see them. They proclaim that the God of Jacob does not perceive what is going on.

Yahweh should destroy the wicked (Ps 94:1-94:3)

“Yahweh!

You God of vengeance!

You God of vengeance!

Shine forth!

Rise up!

O judge of the earth!

Give to the proud what they deserve!

Yahweh!

How long shall the wicked survive?

How long shall the wicked exult?”

Psalm 94 has no title so that it seems like a call to have Yahweh take vengeance on the wicked ones. Yahweh is a God of vengeance. The psalmist wanted God to shine forth and rise up. He wanted Yahweh to judge the earth. He wanted the proud to get what they deserve. He wanted to know how long would the wicked survive and exult themselves.