Daily Devotional Saturday 2nd October 2021by William Moody
Why Do You Hide Yourself?
10:1 Why, O LORD, do you stand far away?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain curses1 and renounces the LORD.
4 In the pride of his face2 the wicked does not seek him;3
all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
5 His ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
6 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”
7 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
8 He sits in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9 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.
10 The helpless are crushed, sink down,
and fall by his might.
11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand;
forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
14 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.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.
16 The LORD is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
17 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
This Psalm begins with a complaint (v1). God seems to be at a distance while evil people prosper. The wicked man persecutes the poor (v2), boasts and renounces the Lord (v3-4), sneers at his enemies (v5), believes he will not be moved (v6), curses (v7), plots (v8-10) and discounts God’s judgement (v11).
How is the believer to respond to this? While we must always be reverent, we need to be honest with God about how we feel. As the Psalmist seeks for the Lord to act (v12-15), he reminds himself and God what the Lord is like. The result of this is a great statement of faith and hope (v16-18). By taking this matter to the Lord in prayer and focusing on who God is, he has moved from despair and anger to faith and hope.
‘O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, everything to the Lord in prayer.’
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