Knowing Christ in Psalm 10 (part 1 of 3)

“Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
     Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
     who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
     he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
     in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
     your laws are rejected by him;
     he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
     He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”
His mouth is full of lies and threats;
     trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
     from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
     like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
     he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
His victims are crushed, they collapse;
     they fall under his strength.
He says to himself, “God will never notice;
     he covers his face and never sees.”
Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
     Do not forget the helpless.
Why does the wicked man revile God?
     Why does he say to himself,
     “He won’t call me to account”?
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
     you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
     you are the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked man;
     call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
     that would not otherwise be found out.
The Lord is King for ever and ever;
     the nations will perish from his land.
You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
     you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
     so that mere earthly mortals
     will never again strike terror.” Psalm 10:1-18

Charles Spurgeon called this Psalm “The Cry of The Oppressed”. It’s not the actions of evil men against the oppressed that wounds David, for how else are wicked men to behave but wickedly? No, what has David concerned is that, to him, it looks as if the Lord is not paying attention to these troubling times. Worse than that…David wonders if He is ignoring them on purpose. David knows the Lord sees and knows all things. Nothing is hidden from Him. Nevertheless, David brings his chief concern to the Lord:

“The wicked man hunts down the weak”

How much pain in this world is caused by wicked men preying on the weak and defenseless? How many seem to prosper, at least in the eyes of the world, from doing so?

David describes the wicked man, and he may as well be describing Satan himself:

“His mouth is full of lies and threats;
trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.”

Satan “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Satan “was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

Satan is the “ruler” (John 12:31) and “god” (2 Corinthians 4:4) of this world.

What hope do we have against such a threat?…

Our hope is that God sees and hears the trouble of the afflicted. He takes up the cause of the weak and oppressed. He will break the arm of the wicked and crush the head of the serpent. He is able because “The Lord is King for ever and ever”.

“The LORD performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed.” Psalm 103:6

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