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Verse of the Day (August 23, 2020)

Verse of the Day (August 23, 2020) #BMSeminary – Happy Lord’s Day! {Psalm 94} This is a community lament, written for a time when the wicked not only exult (v. 3) but also oppress the faithful (many of whom are socially weak, vv. 5–6). The wicked do so with no fear of God. The song asks God to protect the faithful, and it strengthens the faithful to endure the oppression. The faithful are reminded of God’s exhaustive knowledge of all that people think, do, and say (vv. 8–11); of his steadfast love for his own (v. 18); and of his commitment to bring justice by caring for the weak and putting down the wicked. The “wicked” in this psalm are members of God’s people (v. 8) who in their hearts do not believe in the God of the covenant (v. 7). Though such wicked persons were born into the covenant, they are not part of God’s true “people” or “heritage” (vv. 5, 14). They will suffer the full force of God’s judgment. The specific cares are those expressed in the psalm, e.g., v. 3. The consolations are the assurances that God knows (vv. 9–11), that he has shown his support already (vv. 17–18), and that he will surely judge (v. 23). [ESV Global Study Bible]

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