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A Season of Psalms: Psalm 10:1-2, 4, 14

Psalm 10:1-2, 4, 14

Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in their schemes that they have devised...In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, ‘There is no God’…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.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

One of the great joys of fatherhood is being able to play games with my children. I have the joy of playing “Hide and Seek” with our kids on an almost daily basis, and I’m discovering that they’re getting quite good at hiding in places I’ve yet to discover. On one occasion, my son said, “I’m going to hide right here, and you won’t find me.” After I counted to 25, I went back to where he was hiding, and my son jumped up and said, “How did you find me??? I thought I hid really well!”

The wicked in Psalm 10 probably thought the same thing: “God won’t find me, God won’t see what I’ve done, He won’t call me to account!” But rest assured, God is watching. He is aware of every act of injustice and hurt carried out against His people and by His people, and the Bible says He will not be slow in responding. The psalmist cries out against God’s apparent lack of concern (v. 1-2) but acknowledges later (v. 14) that God is not hidden, ever-aware of the plight of His people and standing ready to deliver.

When we were trapped in sin and evil seemed to have the upper hand, God delivered His Son Jesus to be the Savior of the World. Praise God that we were not left to fend for ourselves or seek the world’s wisdom to gain our salvation, but we were bought with the precious blood of Christ that inaugurated a new relationship with our Heavenly Father. Even in trying times, when it seems as though wickedness is prospering, can we echo the words of the writer of Hebrews? “I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”

Further Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9; Revelation 3:7-13

Pray with me today:

Heavenly Father, we rest assured in Your promise that You will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank you for delivering your Son, Jesus, to abide in us so that we might more fully abide in You. Guide us today, direct our steps, enable us to show the Light of the World to a world that needs the Light. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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