Psalm 94 - Confidence in the Justice of God, the Judge of the World




[New International Version] Psalm 94 belongs to Book IV of the Book of Psalms. It expresses the unshakable trust in the justice exercised by God as the norm for the organization of peoples’ societies.

The PS 94 belong to Book IV Book of Ps , which is composed of a collection of texts 150 arranged by 5 poetry books. The Book of Psalms, for its wisdom and basic principles of human action , is considered the heart of the Old Testament. Book IV encompasses Psalms 90 to 106 . Psalm 94 is divided into 23 Verses.

The Psalms are poems-prayers addressed to God, being the privileged way to address and speak to Him. These prayers represent human experiences and religious conscience . They portray the common man , with his faults, insecurities, fears and hopes and, even today, we can identify with the Psalmist and draw inspiration from these texts to pray and plead with God when we feel lost and anguished or to express our gratitude for some blessing received.

“There are enemies or friends, there is life or death, health or illness, pain or joy and, most of the time, there are no changes or gradations. Words are like stones and poetry like boulders carved by chisel”; “The Psalms are a bit like mountain paths, simple, especially when walking on snow, but they lead to the peaks; they are paths toward the peaks of meeting the Lord.” - Carlo Maria Martini, Cardinal of Milan

Psalm 94 - God, Judge of the World

1  O Lord, God of justice!
righteous God, manifest yourself!

2  Arise, judge of the land;
repay the proud for the payment they deserve.

3  How long will evildoers, Lord,
how long will evildoers triumph?

4  All who practice lawlessness
spew insolent words and boast.

5  They crush your people, Lord,
and oppress your inheritance.

6  They kill the widow and the stranger
and murder the fatherless.

7  They say, “The Lord will not see;
the God of Jacob will not perceive!”

8  Understand this, you imbecile people!
And you fools, when will you come to your senses?

9  Would he who implanted the ear not hear?
Would not the one who formed the eyes see?

10  Would not he who corrects the peoples punish?
If it is He who teaches humans wisdom!

11  The Lord is well aware of the thoughts of humans
and knows that they are an illusion.

12  Happy is the man whom You correct, Lord,
and teach with your law!

13  So he will have rest in the days of affliction,
while the pit is dug for the wrongdoer.

14  For the Lord does not reject his people
, nor forsake their inheritance.

15  Righteousness in righteousness
will return, and all with an upright heart will follow it.

16  Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
Who will stand for me against those who do evil?

17  If the Lord were not my help,
in a moment my soul would dwell in silence.

18  As soon as I say, “My feet do not waver,”
then your mercy, Lord, sustain me.

19  When worries grow within me,
your gestures of comfort delight my soul.

20  Can an unrighteous court,
which works injustices against the law, be allied with you?

21  They attack the life of the just
and condemn the innocent to death.

22  But the Lord is my strength,
and my God is the rock where I take refuge.

23 He  will cause their iniquity to fall upon them,
and he will destroy them with his own iniquity.
The Lord our God will destroy them!

Meaning and interpretation

The Psalm 94 is a single prayer of supplication. However, the breadth of situations of injustice that appear lamented and the great resonance that, since the beginning, is attributed to the action of God as the avenger of all evil, may suggest that it is a plea of collective interest in the face of a national disgrace.

The essential conviction expressed here is clearly that of an unshakable confidence that justice, exercised by God , is the norm of coexistence among all and the guarantee of the full satisfaction of the rights of each one.

The concept of revenge in the Bible has the strong connotation of a due justice that is directly and effectively applied by someone who is recognized as having the right and the duty to exercise it. This function is the responsibility of someone who, for this purpose, has special relationships of solidarity with the offended.

The Psalms of Supplication are very present in the Book of Psalms. They speak of human frailty and the most basic feelings of your mortal condition. Times of peace and plenty contrast with war and individual or community destruction. The Psalmist pleads for God’s help and asks him to end his situation of affliction , ending with the certainty of having been heard .

In spiritual practice, the supplication and request to God reflects a lot the meaning of prayer, being the privileged way to establish contact and raise the voice to the Divine. In numerous Psalms, supplication seems to be the most immediate motivation and the greatest concern. When turning to God, the speaker / Psalmist finds tenderness, justice, compassion, reconciliation, purification, in short, peace itself.

The narratives and feelings involved in these prayers are varied and basic; affect humanity over the millennia, and are still current today. They reflect multiple interior , individual and collective experiences, and the relationship between people and peoples. They address topics such as the deadly threat of disease, persecution, aging, violence, war, betrayal, loneliness, enemy aggression and how these feelings alter consciousness we have of ourselves, of our relationship with others and with God.

Situations that prompt supplication can be bitter and desperate , but the Psalms generally express a state of mind of trust and end in thanksgiving . The Psalmist cries out to God for his help and forgiveness in a profound expression of limitless trust in divine compassion and justice. Even the cry of the Psalmist is already a fighting speech, change will, of inner transformation, confidence and hope for a free future evil, the suffering and the wicked .

The Psalms of Supplication they are classified as individual supplication and collective supplication. Those of Individual Supplication comprise Psalm 3; 5-7; 13; 17; 22; 26; 27; 28; 31; 35; 39; 42-43; 51; 54-57; 59; 61; 63; 64; 69-71; 88; 102; 109; 120; 130; 140-143. and those of  Collective Supplication Ps 12; 44; 58; 60; 74; 80; 83; 85; 90; 94; 108; 123; 127.

The Book of Psalms

The Joy and Happiness of the Righteous in Communion with God

The Psalms are prayer-poems addressed to God, being the privileged way to address and speak to Him. Depicting the common man , with his failures, insecurities, fears and hopes, we can still identify with the Psalmist and be inspired today in Psalms to make prayers and supplications to God in times of trouble or express our gratitude for some blessing received.

The Psalms, despite being written in Antiquity, still move , sensitize , awaken feelings , inspire and enchant . In them, we can identify anguish and joy , deeply human feelings, praises, supplications, teachings of reflection on spiritual wisdom and prophetic words.

Written for different situations , some Psalms are intimate, revealing the author’s personal relationship with God; others provide guidelines and advice for life, others are compositions for specific liturgical events such as rituals and pilgrimages.

The Book of Psalms is composed of a collection of 150 poetic texts and is divided into five parts, called Psalm Books or Booklets. Each Book closes with short hymns of praise to God . The division into five parts was considered to correspond to the five books of Moses and it is assumed that each passage in the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible, called Torah by the Jews) was read in parallel with the corresponding Psalm. Its main forms are lamentation , supplication , praise and gratitude .

The Power of Prayer in Dialogue with the Divine

The Psalms elevate our thoughts to the Divine and prayer is the power of the word . Prayer is the language of faith. Any thought, word or image addressed to God is called prayer . It is through it that we come into contact with our God within and, therefore, it is so powerful in transforming life . Prayer can produce miracles , turn dreams into reality, give us hope for change , harmony and peace with ourselves and the world.

Each Psalm has an intention that helps us meditate and walk with our God . For many theologians, the Book of Psalms has a prophetic or messianic tone as its verses refer to the coming of Christ into the world of men to guide them through the uncertainty and doubts of Human existence.

The prayer has the power to call the Spiritual Universe full mode, honest, sincere, conscious, for the purpose of spiritual self-protection, family protection and those who are dear to us, to have peace of mind, spiritual and physical, for prosperity and success, to protect health and relationships, to ward off negative energies and, above all, to connect us to something bigger than ourselves. From this peace , well-being, hope and goodness in front of everyone and everything result.

The faith can change our lives. It gives us tranquility and spiritual strength to face challenges. It helps us to meditate on our mission in life and to create a balanced and healthy environment for ourselves and those we love. When you pray, fill your heart with love and determination . The Psalms will guide you on a path of peace and communion with the higher energy.