Psalm 10

Psalm 10 has the Psalmist asking God where He is.  “Why, O Lord, do you stand afar off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble”?  We move from praise and worship to questioning why the wicked seem to get away with their evil and God is silent.  Luther says “There is not, in my judgment, a Psalm which describes the mind, the manners, the works, the words, the feelings, and the fate of the ungodly with so much propriety, fullness, and light, as this Psalm.”

The Psalmist calls out the things he sees about the wicked.  They persecute the poor and bless the greedy.  “In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, there is no God” and they act like they believe it.  He prospers in spite of his evil ways.  God is in none of his thoughts as he is self-absorbed with his own evil ways.  He curses and lives with deceit and oppression.  He takes advantage of the innocent and the poor, and lurks around waiting to ambush people.

The wicked believes that “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it”.  But he is wrong.  The day will come when each of us will give account.  The pride that the wicked causes him to speak as if he is god.  The Psalmist examined and exposed the sins of the wicked man. He is not afraid of his enemies; and there is pride and sin in his heart, in his mouth, and under his tongue.  And for that, someday he will pay.  His violence and blasphemy will catch up and God will hold him responsible for his wicked ways.

The Psalmist ends the chapter with a prayer asking God to take action.  “Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted”.  The wicked renounce God because they say in their heart that God will not require an account.  They believe they will get by with their actions, but that will not be the case.  God’s justice will be applied to the wicked.  They will stand judgment for what they have done.  God will protect the fatherless and oppressed.  He will deal with the wicked in His holiness and righteousness.

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