This Psalm begins with a question. “Why O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” This is an honest question from the author’s observation of the events in front of him (vv2-11).
1. Wicked men are terrorizing the poor (2): This can be anything from someone scamming an elderly person’s money by using a get rich quick scheme to a televangelist calling for people to send in a monitory vow of faith.
2. Wicked men boast of their ability to have whatever they want (3-4). This individual is not an atheist. Rather, he acknowledges that there is a God and he doesn’t need him (Psalm 14:1).
3. Success overrides justice, it seems (5). Two letters: O.J.
4. Success breeds arrogance (6). The elite of a society act as if they are the only ones to get it right. Out of all the generations of the world, we have finally figured it out!
5. Might appears to make right (7-10) Oppression comes from the hands of the arrogant and powerful. The helpless (rhetorically, everyone) fall into despair because there is no fighting him.
6. Arrogance, success and unchallenged rule produces a feeling of invincibility. No one can touch him and no one can hold him accountable for his actions (11).
Hope in the Psalms
Does it seem as if things today are exactly this way? Do you have the feeling, “Is God still there?” Take heart. God is still here. He is accomplishing his purposes and no one will thwart his design.