Archive for May 10th, 2012

Psalm 10

In Psalm 10, the psalmist asks the question we often want to: “why”.  Aren’t there a lot of things you wish you had the answer to?  Why this and why that.  There is nothing wrong with asking God those questions.  He is not unwilling to listen.  Where we often run into problems is when we get the answer and we don’t like it.  Or we don’t get anything but silence and we get impatient.  But God is not afraid to hear our heart.  He does not run from our questions and dodge them.

So the psalmist is addressing a difficult area – that of bad people seemingly getting away with their actions.  “Why, O Lord, do you stand afar off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble”?  It seems so obvious to us that there are some people that just need to be punished because of what they do.  They are evil and wicked and often the ignore or deny God, or laugh in His face.  How can that continue?  Why doesn’t God take action?

The reality is that God is paying attention.  He is not ignorant of what is going on.  “But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless”.  God will perform justice, but in His time and His way.  That is where we often struggle.  We want justice in our time and done in our way.  But scripture is clear that our ways are not necessarily His ways.  Our thoughts are not always His thoughts.  “The Lord is King” – not us.  It is His to deal with – not ours.

We can call on Him and share our heart about the things happening around us.  We can ask why it happens.  But when it comes to dealing with evil – God has it covered.  He will do justice just as scripture tells us: “you will incline your ear to do justice….so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more”.  God has it under control.  We need to remember that He alone is God.  It is not our job to try and be the enforcer!

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