Daily Devotional: Psalms 94:1-7
1 O LORD, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth. 2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. 3 How long will the wicked, O LORD, how long will the wicked be jubilant? 4 They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting. 5 They crush your people, O LORD; they oppress your inheritance. 6 They slay the widow and the alien; they murder the fatherless. 7 They say, “The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob pays no heed.”
9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.
Ever since the day when Cain killed his brother Abel in his rage of jealously, there have been those who think that God does not see them or their wicked behavior and that there will be no punishment for it. Just as God did see Cain and he was punished, so today when people ignore God and think he does not see, they are wrong and they too will face him in judgment to receive their punishment. “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.”
When we seek to serve God and we have to suffer (either because of our being faithful or just from disease or from accidents), we often wonder why God allows such to happen. There are many reasons that are given in scripture and I am sure there are many more that have not been revealed to us. While we might not know why something is as it is in our lives, we can know for sure that God sees, he knows and he cares and in his own time and way sin will indeed be punished. We find peace in his promises for our future in eternity with him.
Heavenly Father and God of heaven and earth, help me remember that death is beautiful indeed for your saints. While I enjoy my life here and love so many that I do not want to leave, I also know that going home to be with you is far greater than anything I can even imagine. Help me never think that this world is my home but to keep my sight on you, on your Son and on the things above. Thank you for the life you have given me and for both my physical family and the vast spiritual family I love so dearly. Use me to do your will, to share your gospel and to always be an encouragement to others seeking to serve you. I pray in Jesus name.