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Psalm 10 – Praying the Psalms Project

David is back to battling the enemy in full force.  Honestly, I thought to myself, again?

The Lord has reminded me of this –  I am blessed beyond measure to live in freedom.  There are many, many men, women and children living today who are under this kind of oppression.  Who live under the bonds of a physical enemy, who has stolen their freedom.

Those of us who are free, we are called to pray and call attention to these injustices.

To bridge the gap, for the long haul, until we see justice and freedom come.

Psalm 10

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
    who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
    he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
    in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
    your laws are rejected by him;
    he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”

His mouth is full of lies and threats;
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
    like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
    they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;
    he covers his face and never sees.”

12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.

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I have to say Lord, sometimes it feels like You are standing far, far off.

When things are falling apart, where are You?

Greedy men and women roam the earth, scheming and hunting down the weak.

Their only desire is to fill their hearts with every craving they have.  All they do is consume.

They are so full of pride, they do not even think of You

How is it, that they are always prosperous, even though they reject Your laws,  sneering all the while?

They believe that no harm will ever come to them, they seem secure.

Yet, they lie and they threaten.  They enjoy trouble as they lay in wait for their victims

Their helpless victims are crushed, dragged off against their will.

The wicked are too strong for them and they collapse.

The wicked think that You will never notice, that You  cover Your face and do not see what they do. 

I’m bridging the gap today Lord, I am calling on You.

Calling on You to remember the helpless. 

The wicked do not think you will ever call them to an account. 

But You, God, You See

You see those who are afflicted.  You see their their trouble. 

You hold their grief in Your Hand. 

Victims commit themselves to you; You help the ones who have no fathers.

You are the Father to the fatherless. 

The wicked, You have plans for them. 

You will break their arm and call them to account.

They thought they would never be found out, but You have found them.

You are the only King who will reign forever and ever.  

There will come a day, when every nation will be gone from this earth.  

You will remain, Lord. 

You Hear,  You Listen – to the cries of the afflicted and You send Your encouragement.

Your are the Defender – to the fatherless and the oppressed.

There will come a day that mere mortals – will never again bring terror to this world. 

Amen 

 

Photo: The Path by Violet of Avalon 

 

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