A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

A Psalm for the Lord’s Day – The Evil One Will Not Escape Judgment

UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.

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This Psalm is one of my favorites because I so identify with Asaph. It looks like evil people are getting away with it. Worse, they appear to be prospering while the righteous suffer. Where is the Lord in this? We are tempted to sin by doubting the Lord’s righteousness and justice. Like Asaph, our feet almost slip from the Way, but then….we go into the sanctuary of the Lord. We do what we should have been doing. We look in His Word and we pray and He reminds us….this is the end of the wicked one.

(Psalm 73:1-28 ESV) A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2  But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. 3  For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4  For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek. 5  They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind. 6  Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.  Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies. 8  They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. 9  They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth. 10  Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them. 11  And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?”

12  Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. 13  All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. 14  For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. 15  If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children. 16  But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, 17  until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.

18  Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. 19  How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! 20  Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms. 21  When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, 22  I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you. 23  Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. 24  You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.

25  Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27  For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you. 28  But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. 19  How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors!

3 Comments

  1. As I See It Only

    AMEN. May it be so.

  2. Song of joy

    Amen also!!!!! I love these kinds of scriptures, it’s so validating and comforting to know that God cares enough about our feelings to make it clear in His Word.

    The abuser’s so-called “wins” are SINS that will be judged rightly, and very soon.

    “4 For they have no pangs until death….”

    This is why it’s fruitless to pine away waiting for repentance and remorse from the abuser. They never have any pangs of guilt. And even if they do experience some negative consequences, in their mind it’s always someone elses fault.

  3. Anonymous

    When I’d first read this Psalm I couldn’t really understand why a person of God would envy evil ones. I am an hsp with a STRONG aversion to evil, spiritual filth or sexual deviancy, but the past few years have helped me understand Asaph’s lament.

    He’s not envious of the evil deeds that are being carried out but rather he wonders why evil ones are still “blessed” with wealth and health and riches while those who truly desire to do good and to love others through the Lord, are treated so abdominally. Why can’t we BOTH be blessed–or at the very least–God’s children should not have to be living in squalor but should have the same blessing (at the very least) as those who belong to their father the devil. It’s not the sins that the evil ones are committing that he envies, but rather, it’s the rewards they appear to be reaping (that should be going to those who fear the Lord) that he is desirous of. Yep. I get it and I totally understand. But the end of the passage shows us the truth of what is to come for both of us and how God really rewards those who belong to him.

    It feels like a river-rapids-raft-ride that never seems to end for those of us alive in the end times. But for those of us who belong to Jesus, we DO have our life preservers on and we DO have the ability to swim. It doesn’t seem like much as we’re frantically being thrust to and fro, trying to paddle in the right direction while simultaneously being doused by waves that are threatening to capsize our boat, and trying to steer clear of jagged rocks that could deflate our raft, but we have little choice so we keep paddling like mad or risk being lost to the beast that is the river. We are also not alone on this raft ride and when we have moments of calm waters and are able to regroup and to see the beauty of the river for a time, we are reminded that it will not always be this way and that this river ride, although exhausting most of the time, is actually honing our skills and heightening our senses, and when it ends we will be beautifully and uniquely molded into an amazing creation with a breathtaking (sometimes I can barely breathe!) witness to share. Get ready now–here comes the next wave!

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