“Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”
(Psalms 10:1 ESV)
It has been a hard week already…a hard week in the midst of a long, hard, season.
In the midst of my own difficulties, I also note the ones around me who are suffering more.
There is injustice and unfairness and grief all around us.
“In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised. For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD. In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them. He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.” His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity. He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; 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. The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might. He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”” (Psalms 10:2–11 ESV)
The wicked act as if there is no God…or if there is a God, He is oblivious to the evil they do.
We see it, are wounded by it, and wonder where the God we do believe in is.
“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”?” (Psalms 10:12–13 ESV)
David often felt the same way and God saw fit to have him write his pain filled questions down for our benefit…for the days we would be asking the same questions.
Make no mistake when you read these passages…these aren’t Davids intellectual pondering about theodicy or theology.
These are cries from the gut for justice and hope.
He doesn’t end with questions, he answers them.
“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 LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” (Psalms 10:14–18 ESV)
David affirms the presence and power of God.
“You do see”
“You do hear”
“You do strengthen”
“You will act”
There will be a day when all things are set right, where all accounts will be settled, where the righteous will shine and the wicked get justice.
Sometimes we will see that day, sometimes it lies in the future beyond us…but it will come.
Our hope is not on the here and now, but the now and then.
Our hope is in God and it is a sure hope.
Be encouraged…and make your own application…