94 O Lord God, You to whom vengeance belongs, O God, You to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth [in judgment]! 2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth; Give to the proud a fitting compensation. 3 O Lord, how long will the wicked, How long will the wicked rejoice in triumph? 4 They pour out words, speaking arrogant things; All who do evil boast proudly. 5 They crush Your people, O Lord, And afflict and abuse Your heritage. 6 [a]They kill the widow and the alien And murder the fatherless. 7 Yet they say, “The Lord does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob (Israel) notice it.”
8 Consider thoughtfully, you senseless (stupid ones) among the people; And you [dull-minded] fools, when will you become wise and understand? 9 He who made the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see? 10 He who instructs the nations, Does He not rebuke and punish, He who teaches man knowledge? 11 The Lord knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath (vain, empty, futile).
12 Blessed [with wisdom and prosperity] is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, And whom You teach from Your law, 13 That You may grant him [power to calm himself and find] peace in the days of adversity, Until the pit is dug for the wicked and ungodly. 14 For the Lord will not abandon His people, Nor will He abandon His inheritance. 15 For judgment will again be righteous, And all the upright in heart will follow it. 16 Who will stand up for me against the evildoers? Who will take a stand for me against those who do wickedness?
17 If the Lord had not been my help, I would soon have dwelt in [the land of] silence. 18 If I say, “My foot has slipped,” Your compassion and lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up. 19 When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comforts delight me. 20 Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which frames and devises mischief by decree [under the sacred name of law]? 21 They band themselves together against the life of the righteous And condemn the innocent to death. 22 But the Lord has become my high tower and defense, And my God the rock of my refuge. 23 He has turned back their own wickedness upon them And will destroy them by means of their own evil; The Lord our God will wipe them out.
Praise to the Lord, and Warning against Unbelief.
95 O come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His presence with a song of thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with songs. 3 For the Lord is a great God And a great King above all gods, 4 In whose hand are the depths of the earth; The peaks of the mountains are His also. 5 The sea is His, for He made it [by His command]; And His hands formed the dry land.
6 O come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker [in reverent praise and prayer]. 7 For He is our God And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts and become spiritually dull as at Meribah [the place of strife], And as at Massah [the place of testing] in the wilderness, 9 “When your fathers tested Me, They tried Me, even though they had seen My work [of miracles]. 10 “For forty years I was grieved and disgusted with that generation, And I said, ‘They are a people who err in their heart, And they do not acknowledge or regard My ways.’ 11 “Therefore I swore [an oath] in My wrath, ‘They absolutely shall not enter My rest [the land of promise].’”
A Call to Worship the Lord the Righteous Judge.
96 O sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good news of His salvation from day to day. 3 Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works and wonderful deeds among all the peoples. 4 For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples are [worthless, lifeless] idols, But the Lord made the heavens. 6 Splendor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
7 [b]Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name; Bring an offering and come into His courts. 9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; Tremble [in submissive wonder] before Him, all the earth. 10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns; Indeed, the world is firmly and securely established, it shall not be moved; He will judge and rule the people with fairness.”
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all the things it contains; 12 Let the field be exultant, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy 13 Before the Lord, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness.
Psalm 94:6Widows, resident aliens, and the fatherless were particularly vulnerable members of ancient society, since they often had little or no economic means. The wicked could easily take advantage of them. God in several Old Testament passages commanded Israel to care especially for these helpless members of society. See, for example, Deut 24:17-22; Ps 146:9; Is 1:17; Zech 7:9, 10.
14 Personally I am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, amply filled with all [spiritual] knowledge, and competent to admonish and counsel and instruct one another. 15 Still, on some points I have written to you very boldly and without reservation to remind you [about them] again, because of the grace that was given to me from God, 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. I minister as a priest the gospel of God, in order that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable [to Him], sanctified [made holy and set apart for His purpose] by the Holy Spirit. 17 In Christ Jesus, then, I have found [legitimate] reason for boasting in things related [to my service] to God. 18 For I will not [even] presume to speak of anything except what Christ has done through me [as an instrument in His hands], resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles [to the gospel], by word and deed, 19 with the power of signs and wonders, [and all of it] in the power of the Spirit. So [starting] from Jerusalem and as far away as [a]Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel [faithfully preaching the good news] of Christ [where it had not before been preached]. 20 Accordingly I set a goal to preach the gospel, not where Christ’s name was already known, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; 21 but [instead I would act on this goal] as it is written [in Scripture],
“They who had no news of Him shall see, And they who have not heard [of Him] shall understand.”
22 This [goal—my commitment to this principle] is the reason why I have often been prevented from coming to you [in Rome]. 23 But now, with no further place for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you— 24 whenever I go [on my trip] to Spain—I hope to see you as I pass through [Rome], and to be helped on my journey there by you, after I have first enjoyed your company for a little while. 25 But for now, I am going to Jerusalem to serve the saints (Jewish believers). 26 For [Gentile believers in] [b]Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints (Jewish believers) in Jerusalem. 27 They were pleased to do it, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual things, then they are indebted to serve them also in [tangible] material things. 28 Therefore, when I have finished this [mission] and have safely given to them what has been raised, I will go on by way of you to Spain. 29 I know that when I do come to you, I will come in the abundant blessing of Christ.
30 I urge you, believers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join together with me in your prayers to God in my behalf, 31 [and pray] that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints (Jewish believers) there; 32 so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and find rest in your company. 33 May the God of peace be with you all! Amen.
Romans 15:19Located nearly 1,400 miles from Jerusalem, Illyricum was a Roman province of economic and strategic importance. It was a large region north of Macedonia located between the Adriatic Sea and the Danube River, and was known for its commercial seaports and gold mines. The great Roman road, Via Egnatia, started in Illyricum and ran eastward to Byzantium.
Romans 15:26In addition to Macedonia and Achaia some churches in Asia Minor also contributed to this offering.
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