16 Who rises up for me against the wicked?
Who stands up for me against evildoers?
17 If the Lord had not been my help,
my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
18 When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
19 When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.
20 Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
those who frame injustice by statute?
21 They band together against the life of the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the Lord has become my stronghold,
and my God the rock of my refuge.
23 He will bring back on them their iniquity
and wipe them out for their wickedness;
the Lord our God will wipe them out.
So part one of this Psalm was all about a God who disciplines his people. Now we move into the part I like better. Discipline hurts, watching those who mess with me get what they desire, now that is what I am talking about. God stands up to those folks. This is freeing for a number of reasons, one of them is it means vengeance doesn't even have to be on my radar. I can worry about other things.
So if God grabs my foot when it slips why do I feel knocked around pretty good most days? What a mystery. His consolations cheer my soul, that's true.
Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute? This is a hard one. Rhetorical? I'll let you decide, he he.
God gets back, he wipes them out. Not only do I need to be concerned about my mark on the world, but I need to think about what will happen to and with my children. Being wiped out doesn't fare too well for their sake much less mine.