Reading through the Bible together
Like Psalms 91 and 92, this Psalm also talks about God’s final judgment on the unrighteous. The Psalm makes it clear that the evil and arrogant people will ultimately perish. What was right and wrong, who was righteous and who was evil, will be clearly revealed, because the favorable judgment will again return to righteousness (vs. 15). The LORD will send out beams of light and shine forth, to show Himself.
God cares for the righteous by His loving-kindness and makes them delight in His comfort. “Unless the LORD had been my help, I soon would have dwelt in silence” (verse 17). “The LORD is my defense, the rock of my refuge” (verse 22).
However, there is a bigger picture of a struggle. This is between Christ and Satan. We should lift up our eyes and see the reality. Verses 20 and 21 show how the evil doers condemn the innocent, devising mischief by using the law. They gather together and plot blood against the righteous. This reminds us of how Christ was condemned and executed by the wicked on the cross.
We want to widen our outlook to see Christ as we read this Psalm, who was afflicted with suffering and death by Satan. Behind every evil there is Satan, who will eventually receive final destruction. We should enlarge our views to see the cosmic controversy happening all around us. Are we not at times caught in the web of evil by having a grudge against someone who has harmed us?
As we take our stand for the Lord, He will stand for us and vindicate us. However, if we do not turn to Him for help, we will share in the destiny of the wicked.
Kyungpook National University
Sangju, South Korea