Why, O Lord?

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Reading the Word

Psalm 10:1–11 (ESV)

1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised. 3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord. 4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” 5 His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them. 6 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.” 7 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity. 8 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; 9 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net. 10 The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might. 11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

Understanding and Applying the Word

Sometimes it seems as if God is absent. The wicked seem to get away with their ungodliness and they take advantage of the vulnerable. They seek after their hearts desires and crush others to get what they want. They tell themselves that God does not exist or that he is unaware of their acts.

In this psalm, the writer calls out, “Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?” We live in a world where sin and evil are still a very present reality. Sometimes we too may wonder where God is in the midst of our struggles. We too can call out to God to intervene and to protect the vulnerable and to bring justice. But let us know that God is aware of every detail and all will answer for their sin. God will judge the wicked and those who trust in his promises will be saved.

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