Psalms 92:7-9 says, “When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever: But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore. For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.”
The Bible makes it very clear both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament what the destiny of those are who reject Jesus Christ as Savior, eternal damnation in the lake of fire.
The words used in these verses of Psalms to describe this punishment are, destroyed for ever, perish, and scattered. Hell is a real place. It is a place of suffering and torment, a place of fire and brimstone, a place where unrepentant men will remain forever filthy and vile in their sins, forever doomed to burn in flames of fire while they face the regret and the guilt for all their sins.
The book of 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 gives a very detailed description of the judgment of God when it says, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power.”
Perhaps the greatest regret of all for those who suffer in hell will be the regret that they did not accept God’s offer of mercy, God’s free gift of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. They will have all eternity to think about the many opportunities God gave them to repent. They will have all eternity to think about how much God loved them. How hot the flames will be and how terrible will be their regret when they at last realize how foolish they were. To face eternity forever separated from all that is good, all that is pleasurable, to face eternity forever separated from God and His love what a truly terrible but just judgment.
O there is no escaping the judgment of God. One day the free will of all men will come face to face with the sovereignty of God and in that hour it will be the sovereignty of God that prevails. Wise is the person who heeds the words of the gospel and opens the door of their heart when Jesus Christ knocks on it.
Psalms 92:10-15, “But my
horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an
unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. Mine eye also shall see my
desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of
the wicked that rise up against me. The righteous shall flourish like the palm
tree: he shall grow like a cedar in
How different, how opposite is the destiny of those who are forgiven of their sins, of those who have the righteousness of Christ than those who do not. They will be forever blessed. Once a person accepts Jesus as their Savior oh what joy and pleasure that brings God and how He then begins to shower that person with His blessings.
Once a person is saved they become a saint, a priest, and a king. Once a person is saved then they are destined to forever walk in the prescence of God. This life will have its trials and temptations but the future only holds great opportunities, joys, and pleasures which will satisfy the soul for all eternity.
These verses in Psalms describe for us what the
Christian life should be like. The righteous shall
flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in
A tree grows slowly but over the years its roots grow deep into the earth and its branches reach out far and bear much fruit. A strong and healthy tree will bear much fruit and withstand the strongest storms. O how important is the righteousness of Christ. The righteousness of Christ will make you strong like a great tree and as the years go by if your faith grows in the promises of God then you will accomplish greater and greater things for the Lord.
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age. Sometimes we are tempted to think that old people are not as useful as
young people. After all young people are strong and full of energy. Old people
are frail and often have health problems. But the truth is older should mean
wiser. Older from a spiritual perspective should mean more experienced at walking
with the Lord. Older should mean a stronger faith in Jesus. Some of the
greatest acts of faith in the Bible and some of the things accomplished for God
were accomplished by old men and old women. Moses was 80 years old when he led
the children of
You see for some people old age is the worst time of their life. It is the time when they are near death, the time when they suffer health problems and the time when they are finally dried up like an old prune from the bitter sorrows and disappointments of life. But for the Christian it should be the time of their greatest opportunities to serve God. They can look back on the years of their life and see how God was faithful and how God was patient and kind and merciful and gracious. O what confidence years of serving the Lord will give you.
Psalms 93:1, “The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.”
The Lord reigneth. What a great truth. In other words God is in control. A lot of people seem impressed by those who have great power. For example most people would probably treat a president very different than they would treat a homeless person. There seems to be an admiration in the world for people with great power. Well God has the greatest power of all. God is all powerful. So why do these people not have such an attitude of admiration for the Lord?
A word that is almost always associated with a king or with one that reigneth is majesty. Majesty has the idea of excellent things. In other words the glory and the honour of things that are expensive and beautiful and of excellent craftsmanship. The greater a king the greater his majesty. If you want an idea of the majesty of God just read the book of Revelation and its description of the heavenly city with streets paved with gold and walls made of diamond and the foundations of other precious stones. And think about the description of the throne on which God sits with a great emerald rainbow over it.
The word reign implies the idea of royalty, of kingship. Jesus is the king of kings. We learn this from the New Testament. A king certainly would not remain a king if he did not have the strength to maintain His position of power.
That is why another word that is associated with a ruling king is strength. No one has the strength that God has. To help us understand this verse the bible talks about the earth and says, “the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.” It is the great strength of God that has set the earth in its course around the sun. No earthly king or army can move it out of its place.
Psalms 93:2 says, “Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.” When it comes to certain sciences like archeology for example people put great weight and accredit great validity to things that are older. For example modern textual criticism from which we get all the modern translations of the English bible, tend to prefer the oldest ancient manuscripts regardless of their condition. Well there is nothing nor anyone older than God. God is from everlasting. God has no beginning and no end. God’s throne has always been around even before the earth had earthly kings. Therefore it is God who has the ultimate authority over all things. It is God who reigneth.
Psalms 93:3-4, “The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.”
In these verses water is used as an illustration to help us understand how powerful God is. Water can be a very powerful force. A flood of waters can easily carve out a canyon, or wear down a mountain, or wipe away a city. Fast moving water can even be used as a cutting device to cut through steel. There was even a time when God used water to judge the whole world covering it in a flood. But as powerful as water can be God is much more powerful still. In fact there is no limit to the power of God. God is the Almighty God.
Psalms 93:5, “Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.” A testimony is a witness. The word sure means to be built up, to be established. What are God’s testimonies? Well there is God’s creation. There is God’s Word. There is the testimony of Jesus Christ. There is the witness of the Holy Spirit. And there is the witness of the believers. There is also the example of the judgment of God as it falls on the unbelievers. All of these things witness to a person about the truth. All of these things God uses to show a lost person their need to turn from their sins to Jesus.
Psalms 94:1, “O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.” This verse says vengeance belongeth to the Lord. The New Testament also has some very important verses about vengeance
Romans 12:19-21, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
There is nothing wrong with wanting justice for wrongs done to you. However the problem is human beings tend to be vengeful. When the Bible says that vengeance is Christ’s, it is not saying that governments should not punish evil doers. One of the purposes of government should be to properly punish the evil doers. But individuals, especially Christians should not take vengeance into their own hands. There are many many reasons for this.
First of all as a Christian we should remember that we are just sinners and God has been patient and merciful and forgiving to us therefore we should be too to those who do evil unto us. Some times the best opportunities to show the love of Christ are in times when you have enemies who hate you and who do you evil.
It is the philosophy of the world and of
Even if the law fails to properly grant you justice you should remember that everyone must die one day and stand before Jesus Christ at the judgment. On the day of judgment true and perfect justice will be meted out to everyone.
Psalms 94:2-4, “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?”
God hates pride. Proverbs 6:16-19, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
Of the things listed here that God hates the first mentioned is pride. The devil fell because of pride. Those who have pride are like the devil.
Pride can be one of the hardest sins to cleanse out of a persons life. It takes humility to follow Jesus and to do His will. And humans can become prideful about almost anything. People become prideful about their own accomplishments. People become prideful about the abilities God has given them. People can be prideful about their age, about their looks. People can become prideful about the material possessions they own. People can even become prideful about the sins they have committed.
In talking about pride these verses in Psalms use the word, “hard things.” This means arrogance and resistance and stubbornness to God. A person who is unrepentant of their sins to Jesus is prideful. A person who opposes God is a prideful person.
Pride is such a terrible sin because it can be such a terrible influence on other people. A prideful person is unthankful to God for the many wonderful and graceful things that He has done. A prideful person thinks they do not need Jesus or His grace. The only solution to pride is for a person to realize how terrible of a sinner they are and to turn to Jesus for forgiveness of their sins.
Psalms 94:5-11 says, “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. 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? He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know? The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.”
People do not break the law when they think there going to get caught but if they think they can get away with it they often do. The same is true about sinning against God. I’ve never heard of anyone who admits well I know God is going to judge me for my sins but I’m going to do it anyway. It could happen but the truth is most people tell themselves some sort of lie like for example that God doesn’t really exist or they willing choose to be ignorant of what God’s Word teaches or they find themselves a purposely altered translation of the bible, or they find some other false religious teaching to justify their sinful actions.
But lies are just that lies. Lying to yourself does not change the truth. I John says, “no lie is of the truth.” People that believe lies often know they are lies and sometimes they actually think that by believing the lies, the lies will become true. But no lie is of the truth. And lying to yourself about your sins will not result in you escaping the judgment of God.
These verses in Psalms use a very rational argument to prove that God sees all our sins, “He that planted the ear, shall He not hear? He that formed the eye, shall He not see? God is the one who invented, who created the eye and the ear. Of course God hears what we say and sees what we do. Proverbs says, “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.”
Psalms 94:12 says, “Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law.” God’s law teaches us the difference between right and wrong but it also does much more than that. It also teaches us the consequences for doing sinful actions and the rewards for doing what is right.
The word chastise means to punish but it also means to instruct. Human beings are very sinful. Therefore sometimes we only learn to repent and change our ways after God punishes us and we suffer the consequences for our sins.
Proverbs 9:8-9 says, “Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”
Most people do not handle correction or rebuke very well. When someone is doing something wrong if you point it out to them they will often get angry. But sometimes once they begin to suffer the consequences of their actions they will repent. It does take a certain humility to face the shame of your sins and to admit when you have done wrong. This is why God is very gentle, patient, and merciful with us. He understands how prideful and sinful we are and He understands how shameful sin is.
Concerning the law of God the most important truth you can learn is that you are a sinner in need of a Savior. We have all broken God’s law. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. A wise person will heed God’s warning about the eternal judgment for sin in the lake of fire and will repent of their sins to Jesus. If you have never trusted in Jesus then you can do so today. Whosoever will may come. God loves everyone. And Jesus shed His blood for the whole word. Simply pray to Jesus right now and you shall be saved.
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