Six Things to Remember When You Are Bullied (Psalm 94 Devotion)

PSALM 94

[Psa 94:1-23 NKJV] 1 O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongs–O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth! 2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth; Render punishment to the proud. 3 LORD, how long will the wicked, How long will the wicked triumph? 4 They utter speech, [and] speak insolent things; All the workers of iniquity boast in themselves. 5 They break in pieces Your people, O LORD, And afflict Your heritage. 6 They slay the widow and the stranger, And murder the fatherless. 7 Yet they say, “The LORD does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob understand.” 8 Understand, you senseless among the people; And [you] fools, when will you be wise? 9 He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see? 10 He who instructs the nations, shall He not correct, He who teaches man knowledge? 11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they [are] futile. 12 Blessed [is] the man whom You instruct, O LORD, And teach out of Your law, 13 That You may give him rest from the days of adversity, Until the pit is dug for the wicked. 14 For the LORD will not cast off His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance. 15 But judgment will return to righteousness, And all the upright in heart will follow it. 16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? 17 Unless the LORD [had been] my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence. 18 If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O LORD, will hold me up. 19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. 20 Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, Have fellowship with You? 21 They gather together against the life of the righteous, And condemn innocent blood. 22 But the LORD has been my defense, And my God the rock of my refuge. 23 He has brought on them their own iniquity, And shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The LORD our God shall cut them off.

PSALM 94:1-23

SIX THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU ARE BULLIED

Teenagers have the potential to be vicious and mean. A lot of kids don’t feel good about themselves and in order to feel better, they start making fun of someone else. Middle and High School students already feel an extreme amount of pressure to fit in and so when someone criticizes them for their clothes, shoes, hair style, makeup, being too fat, too thin, being too smart, or not smart enough it really strikes home. They need our encouragement!

I remember when I was in the ninth grade. I had a bully. He was an upperclassman and for some reason we were in a class together. One day he said, “Hey stupid” and I made the mistake of looking up. From that day on, he just called me “Stupid” like it was my name. I already had enough stuff going the wrong way in my life, I didn’t need the added drama. 

I hated my bully. I was ready to settle things with a fight. One day I threw my books down and was ready to punch him, thankfully one of the coaches caught me and stopped me before I did. I poured my heart out about what was going on and the coach was able to put a stop to it. 

Generally our thoughts towards bullies aren’t good and we may have thought about ways to settle the score, get even, or just had a bit of a smile at the thought of something bad happening to them. We don’t like injustice. What the coach did was a great thing and it helped me. There were other bullies through the years who have come and gone in my life. I wish I had known Psalm 94 (or at least how to apply it in my life) back then. I think it would have helped. 

In Psalm 94 we have a guide on how we should think and pray about the bullies in our lives. Here are six takeaways I drew from this Psalm to help us pray and consider God and the bullies in our lives:

  • Remember God’s CHARACTER (v. 1-2) – God alone is the judge. He is in a place to juge and render punishment. We are told that there is a day coming where we will all stand before God. Are you prepared for that day? The psalmist is saying, I wish it were today!
  • Remember God’s TIMING (v. 3-7) Revelation 6:9-11 is a good cross reference here. It may look like evil is winning the day, but there will come a time when we all stand before God and give an account for our lives. Nothing a bully has said or done will escape God’s notice, but nothing we have said or done will escape his notice either. We will all pay for our sins in one of two ways, either we will pay for them in an eternal Hell forever (Matthew 25:41-43), or we will plead the blood of Jesus who has transformed us from death to life. There will be some on that day who were bullies, but because of God’s patience (2 Peter 3:9) enter in as saints, like the apostle Paul (1 Timothy 1:12-16).
  • Remember God KNOWS (v.8-11) – The psalmist concludes that people who think God doesn’t know or care what goes on are biologically ignorant because the God who made the eye’s and ears certainly sees and hears. They are historically and geographically ignorant because nations have risen and fallen from power under his watch. And they are Psychologically ignorant because God knows their very thoughts and their thoughts cannot help them escape the grasp of the LORD. There are no hidden sins. The truth will come out.
  • Remember God’s BLESSINGS are Ultimate (v.12-15) – Sometimes I have a hard time remembering that this world is not my home. I am not supposed to settle down and get too comfortable. I was made for another place and Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place for me! When He is ready, He will come back and get me and it will all be right.
  • Remember God Stands with the AFFLICTED (v. 16-19) – 2 Timothy 4:16-18 is a good cross reference here. We must remember that God stands with the afflicted. Even though we may feel alone, we are not alone. Our friends may turn their back on us or forget us, but God will never forsake his own.
  • Remember God’s JUSTICE Will Prevail (v. 20-23) – Justice will prevail. This should cause us comfort. God will set it all right on the appointed day. This should also cause us pause to examine our lives to see if we have afflicted anyone. Have we been a bully to others?

PRAYER

Father, Thank you that you care for the bullied and oppressed. I confess that there have been times in my life when I was bullied, but Lord if I’m honest, I know that there were times in my life where I was a bully. Thank you for your patience in my life. I am grateful that you hear our prayers and meet us in our affliction. I am grateful that you are a God of justice and that justice will prevail. I am grateful that you are also a God of grace, because I so desperately need your grace! Thank you for Jesus Christ and the Cross where you could serve a just sentence for my wicked deeds and and make me righteous before you. You made grace possible. I praise you for your glorious gospel of grace! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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