Meditations in the Psalms
Romans 12:17-21 urges us not to take revenge on those who have mistreated us or harmed us or done evil against us. The reason? Vengeance belongs to the Lord – we must leave matters with Him. We are to overcome evil with good. But, we still ask the questions recorded in this passage – “LORD, how long shall the wicked triumph?” God’s judgment is coming, and the entire tribulation period is regarded as the day of God’s wrath and vengeance upon this world.
- The request for God to act – verse 1
- The reward which God will bring – verse 2
- The realization that God is delaying His answers – verses 3-4
- The respect that lack for God’s people – verses 5-6
- The reasoning of their hearts argues that God will not see or do anything about it – verse 7
How mistaken the wicked are! God will bring every thought, word, and action into judgment. The wicked are facing a horrible future, the judgment of hell itself.
Verse for Meditation
Verse 1 – “O LORD God, to Whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to Whom vengeance belongeth, shew Thyself.”
“Teach me, O Lord, to leave things in Your hands, and not to seek revenge for any harm done to me.”