– God the avenger of the righteous
1 Lord God to whom all vengeance belongs, O
God to whom all vengeance belongs, shine forth!
2 Rise up, O judge of the
earth; give to the arrogant what they deserve!
3 O Lord,
how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?
4 They pour out their arrogant words; all
the evildoers boast.
5 They crush your people, O Lord, and afflict your
6 They kill the widow and the
stranger, they murder the orphan,
7 and they say, ‘The Lord does not see; the
God of Jacob does not perceive.’
8 Understand, O dullest of the
people; fools, when will you be wise?
9 He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He
who formed the eye, does he not see?
10 He who disciplines the nations,
he who teaches knowledge to humankind,
does he not chastise?
11 The Lord knows our thoughts, that
they are but an empty breath.
12 Happy are those whom you
discipline, O Lord, and
whom you teach out of your law,
13 giving them respite from days
of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not forsake his
people; he will not abandon his heritage;
15 for justice will return to the
righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.
16 Who rises up for me against the
wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers?
17 If the Lord had not been my help, my
soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
18 When I thought, ‘My foot is
slipping’, your steadfast love, O Lord,
held me up.
19 When the cares of my heart are
many, your consolations cheer my soul.
20 Can wicked rulers be allied
with you, those who contrive mischief by statute?
21 They band together against the
life of the righteous, and condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the Lord has become my
stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.
23 He will repay them for their
iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness;
the Lord our
God will wipe them out.
The psalmist is viewing the world and sees all the evil and wickedness.
The psalmist tells God how people are suffering as a result. He longs for
justice, but he also remembers how God has helped him in the past. The psalmist
also holds onto the belief that evil will not ultimately conquer.
If you were this psalmist in 2015, what would you be saying/writing to
God about when you see the evil in the world? Speak to God about it.