1 Lord, why are you so far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 2 An evil person is proud and hunts down those who are weak. He catches weak people by making clever plans. 3 He brags about what his heart longs for. He speaks well of those who always want more. He attacks the Lord with his words. 4 Because he is proud, that evil person doesn’t turn to the Lord. There is no room for God in any of his thoughts. 5 Everything always goes well for him. So he is proud. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with God’s laws. He makes fun of all of his enemies. 6 He says to himself, “I will always be secure. I will always be happy. I’ll never have any trouble.” 7 His mouth is full of curses and lies and warnings. With his tongue he speaks evil and makes trouble. 8 Sinful people hide and wait near the villages. From their hiding places they murder those who aren’t guilty of doing anything wrong. They watch in secret for those they want to attack. 9 They hide and wait like a lion in the bushes. From their hiding places they wait to catch those who are helpless. They catch them and drag them off in their nets. 10 Those they have attacked are beaten up. They fall to the ground. They fall because their attackers are too strong for them. 11 Sinful people say to themselves, “God doesn’t pay any attention. He covers his face. He never sees us.” 12 Lord, rise up! God, show your power! Don’t forget those who are helpless. 13 Why do sinful people attack you with their words? Why do they say to themselves, “He won’t hold us accountable”? 14 God, you see trouble and sadness. You take note of it. You do something about it. So those who are attacked place themselves in your care. You help children whose fathers have died. 15 Take away the power of bad and sinful people. Hold them accountable for the evil things they do. Uncover all the evil they have done. 16 The Lord is King for ever and ever. The nations will disappear from his land. 17 Lord, you hear the longings of those who are hurting. You cheer them up and give them hope. You listen to their cries. 18 You stand up for those whose fathers have died and for those who have been beaten down. You do it so that no one made of dust may terrify others anymore.
This Psalm is a lament about why the wicked seem to prosper. It calls on the Lord to bring the wicked their justice.
All too often in life it seems as if God has disengaged from our lives and has let forces of evil take over.
This Psalm comforts us in the fact that throughout the ages men and women have felt this same abandonment and kept their faith. God has intervened, vs. 14, there is a declaration of faith, vs. 16, and as such we know that in all things God brings victory.
Father, in our darkest moments, when it seems everyone is against us and even You are not for us, help us to faithfully declare, “the Lord is King forever and ever!”
Ps. Richard Botta