Justice

Today’s post is part of our Psalm Saturdays series from guest blogger Robert Chamberlain. You can contact him by sending a message to  bobjc88 @ gmail.com. You can also find him at his new blog at www.roberlain.blogspot.com .

Psalm 10:1–18 (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.”
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.

If you’ve ever felt like God is distant, you’re not alone: the Psalmist felt the same. When all is well in life, we might shamefully not care if God seems distant. But when we’re in trouble, that’s often when we cry out to Him to draw near.

If people think there’s no God, they may assume that they can get away with… if not murder then at least hatred, violence and oppression of the weak. Life, if we’re honest, often isn’t fair- the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer. The wicked might assume that they’ll never be shaken- but they have either death or the return of Christ to reckon with.

The Psalmist wants God to do something- to deal with evildoers, who trample upon the poor and needy without a care in the world. God does help the weak and oppressed and He will call the rich and powerful to account. It’s okay to ask God for justice, even if it might seem a bit rough.

The Lord is King. That truth should strike fear into spiritual rebels and faith in the hearts of the poor and marginalised. He will bring justice to mankind.

I like the fact that the Psalmist says that God “will” work justice for the oppressed. It might not seem like He will at the moment. But there’s a day of reckoning coming.

“Our God and King, we acknowledge You as Sovereign in our lives and in the world. We ask that You will work Your justice out, and justify us in Christ our Lord, in His name, amen.”


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