Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 2 In their arrogance the wicked hunt down the weak, catching them in the schemes they devise. 3 They boast about the cravings of their hearts; they bless the greedy and revile the LORD. 4 In their pride the wicked do not seek him; in all their thoughts there is no room for God. 5 Their ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by them; they sneer at all their enemies. 6 They say to themselves, “Nothing will ever shake us.” They swear, “No one will ever do us harm.”
Man, does that seem modern or what? How many folks “boast about the cravings of their hearts, revile the LORD, do wickedly, and arrogantly say, “‘nothing will ever shake us. No one will ever do us harm.'”
I’ve begun the year in the Psalms – something different than usual for me. I’ve tried to study 2 Psalms a night, and meditate on them… for the first time in a LONG time! The Psalmist is not identified here, but whoever he is, he feels like Solomon in Ecclesiastes 10:6-7; Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones. 7 I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves. He continues through Psalm 10:12-18, pleading for God to not forget the hopeless, the helpless, the fatherless, the victims of evil oppression. He is humble and melancholy, yet he praises God through it all, saying, “the Lord is King for ever and ever; thet nations [“the nations” are also known as “the Gentiles” in the Greek translations] will perish from his land. You hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry…”
I know good, pure-hearted believers who are oppressed. They cry out to God, and He hears them! The rich folks of our world, the selfish, arrogant, and purely humanistic crowds are often seen as rewarded while the righteous ones suffer. It’s no different for us today. God hears. I truly believe his peace and calm are felt only through the Holy Spirit in our lives, as we manifest our hearts to God in prayer and holy living, such as the thoughts of Paul in Philippians 4:6-7. Lord, forgive our foolish ways, and help us to live as vessels of honor in this age of dishonor and disobedience.