Study Guide – Psalm 94:1-7

Psalm94-1-7

O Lord, the God of vengeance,
O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth!
Arise, O Judge of the earth.
Give the proud what they deserve.
How long, O Lord?
How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat?
How long will they speak with arrogance?
How long will these evil people boast?
They crush your people, Lord,
hurting those you claim as your own.
They kill widows and foreigners
and murder orphans.
“The Lord isn’t looking,” they say,
“and besides, the God of Israel doesn’t care.” NLT

 

This psalm begins with a harsh tone. Where does vengeance belong in the life of a follower of God?

 

Why do we need God to act as judge over the earth?

 

What is the concern of verses 3-4? What current circumstances can you relate to this concern?

 

Look at the details of verses 5-6. What are the evildoers doing?

 

What is the insult of verse 7?

 

How do the details of verses 3-7 impact the way you read verses 1-2?

 

::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::

Take a moment to pray against evil in this world.

 

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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