“Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see? Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge? The Lord knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile. Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord , the one you teach from your law; you grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked. Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.”
Psalm 94:9-13, 17, 22
Psalm 94 is about the utter futility that occurs when mankind tries to overthrow God’s plan. The writer asks several rhetorical questions-“can the God Who made ears not hear? The One Who created eyes not see” and other such, self-evident questions.
The Psalmist (unknown) moves to his next thought-“even he who God disciplines, is BLESSED from his or her experience” (vs 12). God ALWAYS ONLY wants good for ALL of us, but our response to Him is PARIMONT! (Heb12 :5-11)
Than the Psalmist plainly states what he believes would have been his own personal outcome is God had not intervened on his behalf–“unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.” (Vs17)
The Psalmist finishes by echoing a familiar theme we hear through out the Psalms : “But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.” (Vs. 22) Within this verse lies a couple of great messages for us.
First, God REALLY CAN be our refuge! He can shelter us, protect us, secure us and sustain us!
Second, this theme-this idea, runs completely through the book of Psalms that have MULTIPLE authors. Maybe, being sheltered and defended by God is how we’re SUPPOSE to live-not isolated and alone. (Sees Psalm 18, 28, 31 46, 71 and 91)
Think about it!