Sunday, September 11, 2016

Wicked Rulers

Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you,
which frames mischief by a law?
They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous,
and condemn the innocent blood.”
Psalm 94:20–21

Those who govern in this world are sometimes very wicked, and they sometimes pass laws to promote their wickedness, laws which oppress the upright and condemn innocent people.  The Bible provides stories of such bad government, such as the story of Nebuchadnezzar making a law that required everyone in his kingdom to bow to his huge golden image.
God can be extraordinarily patient with such evil rulers, and when He is, His children can grow weary as they wait for His judgments to relieve them of the oppression of the wicked.  But be faithful.  Our heavenly Father’s righteous judgment will come.  It always comes.
The author of this wonderful Psalm 94 encouraged himself, and us, in the two verses immediately following the two quoted above.  He concluded his psalm by saying, “But the LORD is my defense, and my God is the rock of my refuge.  And He shall bring upon [wicked rulers] their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.