Psalm 94 was penned in a time of oppression for God’s people, where they were searching for relief from their suffering as well as revenge against those who abused them. While they wanted revenge, they also recognized that the justice of wrong was with God, not man. It is the lament of a good person struggling with the age-old question of “why good things seem to happen to evil people” while bad things come to the faithful.
When we read the Psalms, we most often think of King David and his accomplishments as King. The killing of Goliath, becoming King, winning many battles for God, and the growth of a great kingdom. What we don’t focus on are the many challenges that David endured, such as the anxiety and fear that plagued David during his life that molded and refined his faith. David had to deal with jealousy from a false friend in Saul, incest and murder within his own family, constant fear of being overthrown as king, moral violations of his own in murder, adultery, and lying to God.
I think it is safe to say David had his share of anxiety and stress. Yet he found and wrote in the Palms of God’s love and comfort for him no matter how big his troubles were in life. The 94th Psalm is a testimony to our Faith that God is in control no matter how we see life.
Sometimes we can become very stressed in our day-to-day lives when circumstances bring us to a place of uncertainty where worry and fear seem to control our day. We like to be able to work through our lives with logic and reason so that we can understand everything. David discovered from his struggles that God’s comfort was a source of Joy for him regardless of his anxiety and that no matter how dark things got, God would take care of him.
May we find Hope and Peace this Advent season in knowing that no matter our circumstances JOY can be known to us through our relationship with Jesus Christ.
For his anger lasts only a moment,Psalm 30:5 (NLT)
but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
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