Psalm 10 (February 16, 2011)

February 16, 2011

Psalm 10

Sometimes the wickedness of the world makes it seem as if God isn’t involved. When it seems that way, the Christian cries out to God in prayer much as we see here:

Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.  Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?  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.  Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

The Psalmist calls for two things, he wants help for the helpless and justice for the wicked. These are both ideas consistent with the character of God and thus God-glorifying things to pray. Justice and mercy are parts of God’s multifaceted character that shine forth his glory as his children call upon him for rescue.

Hope in the Psalms

It is right and good to go to our Father in prayer, that he might answer us in strength and mercy and do justice upon wickedness, though we may never see that justice come about. Take comfort today in knowing that God desires his children to come to him in prayer (Matthew 6).

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