A descriptive outline of the Psalm:
1. A plea for the Judge to act against the wicked – vs.1-2
2. A question concerning God’s patience with the wicked – vs.3-4
3. A delineation of the practices of the wicked – vs.5-7
4. A word of warning to the wicked – vs.8-11
5. An observation that brings great comfort in light of the wicked – vs.12-15
6. A testimony of God’s faithfulness in protection from the wicked – vs.16-22
7. A knowledge that in God’s timing He will cut off the wicked – vs.23
Questions to help us think deeper:
1. What can we learn about the mindset of the wicked from this Psalm?
a. ___________________________________________ vs. 4
b. ___________________________________________ vs. 7
2. According to the Psalmist what do the wicked need to understand?
a. __________________________________________ vs. 8-9
b. __________________________________________ vs. 10
c. __________________________________________ vs. 11
3. Do you agree with the Psalmist about God’s correction? vs. 12-13
4. In what is the Psalmist confidence placed in verses 14 & 15?
5. Starting with verse 16 what is different in the Psalm?
6. What does verse 20 imply about some of man’s laws?
7. What universal law does verse 23 illustrate?
Questions of personal application:
1. How should this Psalm influence your prayers tonight?
2. Is there a particular verse that speaks to your heart?
“Psalms 94:1 – I. The danger and folly of persecutors (1-11). II. Comfort and peace to the persecuted (12-23). 1-11 We may with boldness appeal to God; for he is the almighty Judge by whom every man is judged. Let this encourage those who suffer wrong, to bear it with silence, committing themselves to Him who judges righteously. These prayers are prophecies, which speak terror to the sons of violence. There will come a day of reckoning for all the hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against God, his truths, and ways, and people. It would hardly be believed, if we did not witness it, that millions of rational creatures should live, move, speak, hear, understand, and do what they purpose, yet act as if they believed that God would not punish the abuse of his gifts. As all knowledge is from God, no doubt he knows all the thoughts of the children of men, and knows that the imaginations of the thoughts of men’s hearts are only evil, and that continually. Even in good thoughts there is a want of being fixed, which may be called vanity. It concerns us to keep a strict watch over our thoughts, because God takes particular notice of them. Thoughts are words to God” (Matthew Henry).