The Lord Is King Forever

Psalm 1016 [widescreen]

Reading the Word

Psalm 10:12–18 (ESV)

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. 13 Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”? 14 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. 15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none. 16 The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. 17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear 18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

Understanding and Applying the Word

In the first half of this psalm, which we looked at yesterday, the writer wonders why God has not acted on behalf of those who are being trampled by the wicked. In this second part, the writer trusts in God to bring justice. God will surely act on behalf of the weak and the wicked will answer for their evil.

As believers, we are called to walk by faith. This means that we believe God’s promises and trust in their fulfillment, even if at times it may not seem like those promises will be fulfilled. Among the promises that God has made is that sin will be judged. Evil will not go unpunished. Justice will have the final say and it will be justice from the hand of the all-knowing and all-powerful King of kings. For a time it may seem as though the wicked prosper and are winning, but in the end the wicked will perish and those who trust in the Lord will be lifted up.

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