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Psalms 94:1-23 (Psalms 94:1-23)

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Psalms 94:12-19 (Psalms 94:12-19)

The blessedness of the righteous . The psalmist proceeds to console and comfort himself by considering in how many ways the righteous man is blessed.

1 . God chastises him.

2 . God teaches him.

3 . God gives him a time of rest.

4 . God never forsakes him.

5 . God judges him righteously.

6 . God helps him against evil doers ( Psalms 94:16 , Psalms 94:17 ).

7 . God upholds him when he is in danger of falling.

8 . God inwardly comforts his soul.

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Psalms 94:17 (Psalms 94:17)

Unless the Lord had been my Help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. No; they are not without a champion; Jehovah is their Help. It is a part of their blessedness ( Psalms 94:12 ), that they are preserved. in life and protected from the wicked, by God himself. Otherwise they "had soon dwelt in silence." Their soul had gone down to the pit, to the abyss of Sheol, the silent land (comp. Psalms 115:17 ).

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Psalms 94:1-23 (Psalms 94:1-23)

Divine retribution certain.

The psalm may be distributed under the following heads.

I. A PRAYER FOR THE PUNISHMENT OF WICKED OPPRESSORS . ( Psalms 94:1 , Psalms 94:2 .) Probably in anticipation of the Assyrian invasion.

II. THE GROUND OF THE PRAYER THE INSOLENT AND ATHEISTIC SPIRIT OF THEIR CRUEL WORK . ( Psalms 94:3-7 .) They murder the fatherless, and say, "Jehovah seeth not?"

III. THE BLINDNESS AND CONTEMPT OF GOD THEY SHOW . ( Psalms 94:8-11 .) All sin implies this.

IV. THE BLESSED REST AND CONFIDENCE OF THOSE WHO ARE CHASTENED AND TAUGHT OF GOD . ( Psalms 94:12-15 .) "Judgment cannot always be perverted—cannot always fail."

V. THE DEEP CONVICTION OF GOD 'S RIGHTEOUSNESS DERIVED FROM PAST EXPERIENCE . ( Psalms 94:16-19 .)

VI. AN ANTICIPATION OF RETRIBUTION ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED UPON THE WICKED . ( Psalms 94:20-23 .)—S.

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