Psalm94 is an appeal to the Lord, as Judge of the earth (v2), to redress the wrongs perpetrated against the weak by arrogant and wicked men who occupy the seats of power. – NIV text note.
At the moment I’m binge watching a Netflix miniseries Designated Survivor. It tells the story of a nobody politician who is thrust into the presidency of the USA after a calamitous terrorist event. He is a good man who wants to do good for the nation but his intentions are thwarted by those intent on evil even within his own government. As I watch I want good to prevail and opposition to the inexperienced new president to be crushed.
And so it is with the writer of this Psalm. He sees the evil of those in power and what they do to the powerless and he is perplexed. How long will God put up with these ignorant men and their actions he asks. “they say the Lord does not see” (V7). They can do what they like – God is impotent.
He reflects in Vs16 – 19 that the Lord is personal and that He has come to his aid and consoled him in his anxiety and brought joy.
As we see the evil around us let us pour out thoughts and voice to the Lord and long for justice and righteousness in leadership. At times we can be indifferent and shrug our shoulders – “that’s just the way it is” we say. We may sometimes even add to the perpetration of evil not just by indifference but action. To me the findings of the royal commission into child sexual abuse highlight this.
As we yearn for leaders to do what is “right” may we also always be eager to do what is good – Titus 2:14