The Battle Belongs to the Lord

Psalm 94

O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.

I am glad that the psalmist recognized vengeance belongs to the Lord. He even asks twice who vengeance belongs to. but he knew the answer. We know from reading our bibles that we are not to take revenge on those that wrong us. We are to try and correct the situation. If somebody wrongs us the Bible says that we’re supposed to go to them and ask their forgiveness and we have been offended (Matt 18:15-17). Jesus told us that if we have ought against our brother we should go to them before we bring our gifts to Him (Matt 5:24). That’s how important this is to God. He does not want us to have things in our lives that will lead to bitterness and resentment.

We need to let God take care of the revenge and we need to repair the breach. It is our responsibility not the other person’s. And it is typically Pride that will keep us from repairing those breaches. It seems today we have a tendancy to talk  to everyone else about the hurt instead of th person that we really need to talk to – the one who hurt us.  This only manages to get others upset, and it stokes out pride.  If you are having trouble forgiving someone or asking for forgiveness please check your level of pride

Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.

Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?

How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

They break in pieces thy people, O Lord, and afflict thine heritage.

They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.

Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.

He asks the judge of the earth, which is our God, to lift himself and render a reward to those who are proud. Hopefully that’s not us. In his day, the proud are those that were coming against Israel and against whoever the writer. Here’s that question again “How long?”which we’ve seen over and over again. How long are you going to let these people come against us Lord? How long are you going to let this person trouble me God? How long will you let this wrong go on? Do you ever feel that way? If you answered no I have a tough time believing that. God extends our faith all the time by causing us to wait. It is a growing pain that we don’t like. But it works and we need to maintain our faith in God no matter how many times we have to ask. It is all His timing. Ask Him for strength to endure the battle.
The psalmist says that they are breaking the people in pieces and ruining God’s heritage.  They are slaying the widow and the stranger and murdering the fatherless.  These classifications of people are near and dear to God’s heart. If you look back in the Old Testament or in James in the New Testament the widow and the stranger and the fatherless are the people God says we should care for (James 1:27). These are the people that are hurting in our society is well. I pray that we’re not breaking in pieces those people. But they feel like the Lord doesn’t see them doing it. They’ve been doing it for long enough that they just don’t think God regards it at all. Is that the feeling that we have when we don’t take care of the fatherless and the widow and the stranger? You always knows if we are caring for others.  He regards it highly..

Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?

He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

10 He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?

11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

He asks those have committed these things when they will wise up. Don’t you know that God put you together? He gave you ears and He gave you eyes. Don’t you think He hears and sees what’s going on? That would only make sense wouldn’t it? God knows everything that goes on. He sees what’s going on in our country right now.  I firmly believe election results are in Gods order, no matter what you feel about who was elected. I believe this is God’s choice. And if the other party had one I would accept it with the same belief. I believe that every election is meant to draw us to God. Pray for your leaders, don’t criticize them. If you’re criticizing the new administration, you’re in direct violation of what God asked you to do. I know because I was there in the last administration and God has corrected me many times.
God chastises the heathen just like He does His sons and daughters-  for correction.  He teaches them knowledge.  Don’t you think He knows what’s going on? He knows your thoughts! I’m going to say that again. He knows your thoughts. He knows if you’re thinking like Christ or if you’re thinking vanity. He knows if your thinking like Philippians 4:8 or if you’re thinking lewd and lascivious thoughts. He knows if you’re thinking thoughts that will produce good results or if you’re thinking vanity. Consider that

12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law;

13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.

14 For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.

15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

Do you feel blessed when God chastens you? You should! Because that means He loves you. When He admonishes us in His word that means He loves us. When He does that, He can give us rest from the days of adversity. When we have gone the wrong way and are headed for the pit,  He can get us out by His chastening, and by showing us His word.  When I feel the trial has come from the Lord, I asked Him what He’s trying to teach me. He has allowed this cancer into my life and I know it was to draw me back closer to Him and it has exceeded wonderfully. I feel closer to my God now then I have felt in a long time, and it’s growing every day. Never doubt that God is working a good work in your life, no matter what it seems like around you
The Lord will not cast off his people and He will not forsake His inheritance. We read in the New Testament we are joint heirs with Christ, adopted into the family of God. He left us His will in the form of the Bible.  That is our inheritance and He will never forsake that. When He brings judgement against us, it will come back in righteousness. If we’re upright in heart we will follow his judgement because we know it is for our good. We are not afraid of it, but we welcome it. I know that runs against the grain, because we think it should always be good times. God’s desire is to purify the world out of us so that we are wholly devoted to Him. And sometimes it takes difficulties to make that happen.

16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

17 Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.

18 When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.

19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

Most of the time we feel alone in the battle and we wonder who will rise up against those workers of iniquity and evildoers that are around us. This is where  we form prayer circles and accountability partners around us. Do you have somebody that will pray with you regularly? Do you have a group of people that you can call if you need prayer? Or are you too proud to ask for prayer when you need it? More importantly do you pray for others on a regular basis?  Do you have a regular time of prayer when you come to God each day, even when things are going good? If our prayer life is not strong on the good days, we will have a tough time on the bad days.
This particular person thought that only the Lord was there to help him.  He says his soul would have dwelt in silence without God there. But when his foot slipped God would help him up. Isn’t that just like our God! To help us up when we’re down. And this man must have had purer thoughts than I do, which I am working on it. He says in the multitude of his thoughts, God’s comfort delights his soul. I can honestly say that Gods Comforts delight my soul. I am weeping right now doing this piece because He comforts me daily and it delights my soul. He is such a wonderful God

20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

22 But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

23 And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off.

The writer goes back to talking about those people who are doing iniquity and asks if they will have fellowship with God.  They condemn the innocent and they gather against the righteous. But listen to what he says.  The Lord is my defense and He is the rock of my refuge. The battle belongs to the Lord!  We have to remember that whenever there is a battle because Jesus wins. If we turn it over to Him we will be winners too  If we try to keep it for ourselves we may lose. God will pick us up, dust us off and put us through the same trial again. Wouldn’t you just rather give it Him?

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