There have been many Christians down through the ages that have suffered under the weight of hardship, persecution, and difficulty and have echoed the words of the Psalmist as he cried out, “Lord, how long…?” (Ps. 94:3). “Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? How long shall they utter and speak hard things? And all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?” (Ps. 94:3-4). As believers observe the prosperity of the wicked, the persecution of saints, and the lack of justice in the world, our hearts often cry out with the Psalmist- “how long?”
It is easy for Christians to look around and see the great multitudes of those who flourish in their sin with seemingly no consequences. It is often that we watch those who war against God and His Word within our culture and it seems as though they can get away with anything they desire. Yet the dismal state of affairs that we are in is nothing new. Rather, the heart of mankind has not changed through the centuries and the Psalmist saw the same dismal scene as viewed the state of mankind in his day. As he viewed the wicked, he noticed “they break in pieces thy people…and afflict thy heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless” (Ps. 94:5-6). Not only did they defy God in their words and actions, verse 7 tells us that “…they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.” Their ignorance about God led to a defiant arrogance against God. The proudly sinned in the daylight as if God was not a witness to any of it.
Yet as believers, it is our job to remind the world that there is a God and there is a day of reckoning. It is our duty to plead with sinners to turn from their rebellious ways. We must bring to the forefront of the minds of those around us that God is our Maker and that the God who created the ear can hear and that the God who formed the eye can see (v. 9). He knows the very thoughts of man (v. 11).
As we pilgrim through this world, we will be wronged. We will be mischaracterized. We will be mistreated as believers. The Church of Jesus Christ has always been a small band of suffering saints. Yet Psalm 94 reminds us that we have a Defender. It is our God “…to whom vengeance belongeth…” (v. 1). It is my God who “…is my defence…and…the rock of my refuge” (v. 22). Though the saints of God are called to suffer in this life, we rejoice that “…the Lord will not cast of his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance” (v. 14). When the world bends its bows of hatred against the church, we find refuge in our faithful Defender who oversees all and only allows what is for our good.