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Psalm 10 - Oh Lord, Why?

Psalm 10 Psalm 10 displays the questions that arise in the face of injustice and human evil in the world. The Psalmist comes before God with the question "Why?" It is not a rebellious "Why" it is not a "Why" spoken in anger or defiance of the reality of God's character. This "Why" is spoken in the face of brazen, arrogant, oppressive sin...where people live as if there is no God and do not fear his judgement or his severity. Verses 1-11 carry this theme and culminate in the height of arrogance from the oppressor. Verse 11 - He says in his heart, "God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it" Such a person is denying the omniscience and omnipresence of God - that he indeed knows, and is present in the midst of our actions - yes, even our terrible thoughts and deeds. The Psalmist proceeds with a strong plea to God for judgement in verses 12-15 - God's attributes of knowing and being presence are reaffirmed in verse 14 "But you do see" - God indeed is the helper of the helpless and the fatherless. The Psalm ends with some reminders:
  • That God is King - His Sovereign Lordship
  • That he hears the afflicted and He will strengthen their hearts - such an encouragement for the downtroden and the faint of heart - God will strenthen, encourage and lift up all who are weary.
  • God will do justice to the most vulnerable - the fatherless and the oppressed.
  • God's final judgement of man is echoed - "do justice...so that the man who is of the earth may strike terror no more"

Such a day is coming...Jesus, will judge the living and the dead at his appearing...until then our cries are heard, and our cries in the midst of this sin soaked world will indeed well up from our souls - Oh God, how long! Finally, the watching eyes of Heaven see every oppressive and wicked dead of women and men, including our own...Such is the revelation in Psalm 10, and there is grace for every person snared by their own sin.