Verse 1 – O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs – O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth!
Verse 2 – Rise up, O Judge of the earth; render punishment to the proud.
Verse 3 – Lord, how long will the wicked, how long will the wicked triumph?
Wouldn’t it be a much better world if only people would leave retribution and vindication to the Lord for what wicked people do? The psalmist wants God to come against those nations who have come against Israel.
Verse 4 – They utter speech, and speak insolent things; all workers of iniquity boast in themselves.
Verse 5 – They break in pieces Your people, O Lord, and afflict Your heritage.
Verse 6 – They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
Verse 7 – Yet they say, “The Lord does not see, nor does the God of Jacob understand.”
The enemies of God always have and always will seek to destroy those who belong to God. Israel has had a target painted on her back since the beginning.
Verse 8 – Understand, you senseless among people; and you fools, when will you be wise?
Verse 9 – He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see?
Verse 10 – He who instructs the nations, shall He not correct, He who teaches man knowledge?
Verse 11 – The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.
Verse 12 – Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law,
The Lord will correct and discipline those that are His. However discipline is not punishment. For each level that a Christian is at in their walk, the correction will be different. For instance: A parent doesn’t correct their 3-year-old the same way they correct a 12-year-old. If there is never any correction in a child’s life, they grow up to be selfish, rebellious, self-centered, and inconsiderate of others.
In the same manner of a new Christian, our heavenly Father is not going to correct the Christian of a few months, the same way He will a seasoned Christian.
Here is what I’ve discovered with God’s correction: He corrects us on what we know, period, and He does it with His Word, through His Spirit. We know in an instant when we have said or done something that is not right. After we learn something, then we are responsible for it.
We all know it’s wrong to take something that doesn’t belong to us, but a 2-year-old has to be taught. As we grow older in the Lord we learn to discern the Holy Spirit’s prompting, which places us back on track.
Verse 13 – That You may give him rest from the days of adversity until the pit is dug for the wicked.
When we learn to walk by His Spirit, there will be less adversity that we can’t handle. Oh, adversity will still come, but we learn to lean on the Lord in order to handle it better. When we learn to make decisions according to His Word, not all, but a lot of “nonsense” will stop.
Verse 14 – For the Lord will not cast off His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance.
Verse 15 – But judgment will return to righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.
The Lord, our Jesus, spoke in John, chapter 17, verses 2-12, while Jesus was praying to the Father about all authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You (the Father) have given Him. We, as believers, are Jesus’ inheritance and have been given to Him by the Father – to as many who would believe.
The psalmist knew to whom he belonged and also knew God would never forsake him or His people – ever!
Verse 16 – Who will rise up for me against the evil doers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
Verse 17 – Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul would soon have settled in silence.
Verse 18 – If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.
Verse 19 – In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comfort delights my soul.
The psalmist is not merely talking about physically slipping. He’s talking about when we are anxious in life about something. Sometimes we make bad decision; sometimes we start wrong relationships; and sometimes things come against us we just don’t understand. But the Lord our Christ, holds us up through it all! God says He will keep us in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him, even through our storms (Isaiah 26:3).
Verse 20 – Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, have fellowship with You?
Verse 21 – They gather together against the life of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood.
Verse 22 – But the Lord has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge.
Verse 23 – He has brought on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; the Lord our God shall cut them off.
There is coming a day when the wicked, with the deceiver, the devil, will be completely destroyed. Revelation 20:9 – They went up (Gog and Magog and Satan) on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
Then it goes on to talk about the Great White Throne Judgment and a second death. Revelation 21:8 – “But the cowardly (those who would not stand up for their faith in Christ. They are in the same category as the unbelievers), unbelieving, abominable, murders, sexually immoral, scorers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
And that is why we need a Savior, because we are not able to wash away any of these things listed that we do. Our sin must be placed under the blood of the One Perfect Sacrifice – Jesus the Christ!