There is great comfort in knowing that God sees all things, and not one wicked act done, will go unnoticed or unpunished. When I read how God feels about bloodshed and violence – how He hates it; and how He loves righteousness and justice, I am assured once more, that He, Who sits upon His throne, high above the earth, will judge the living and the dead.
Woe to him who commits acts of injustice! Woe to him who takes the life of another! Woe to him who oppresses the poor, the fatherless and the widow. For He is their Defender, their Rearguard and their Maker. Anyone who touches them, touches God.
The Lord is challenging each of us to trust Him with our safety and our future. Do not run to the safe places, nor flee to the mountains… for He alone, is our Safe Place. He alone, is our Refuge.
31Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
12Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand;
forget not the afflicted.
13Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
14But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless.
15Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.
16The LORD is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
17O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
The LORD Is in His Holy Temple
To the choirmaster. Of David.
1In the LORD I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
“Flee like a bird to your mountain,
2for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
they have fitted their arrow to the string
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
3if the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”a
4The LORD is in his holy temple;
the LORD’s throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
5The LORD tests the righteous,
but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
6Let him rain coals on the wicked;
fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
7For the LORD is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.