1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. 3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. 4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. 5 His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by[b] him; he sneers at all his enemies. 6 He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.” 7 His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue. 8 He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims; 9 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.
Reading the Psalms is interesting – the poetry is something most of us are not very used too. But they were written by people struggling to understand this world and the way it works – just like us – they just express their feelings and thoughts differently – they could use more than 140 characters so poetry was their thing.
This Psalm expresses what a lot of people often feel – why do the bad guys get to win so much? The Psalmist reminds us that God is bigger than that. Even though we don’t understand why the world works as it does, God does and He is for each of us. He is trustworthy, He hears our cries, He doesn’t want us to be terrified. The Psalm reminds us that even though the world often looks like God is not in control, He most certainly is and we need to reach out to Him in our most down in the dumps moment.
Thank You Lord that we can trust You, that You are King forever and ever. Please help us to remember to look to You, to ask You to show us how You see the world and to live each day with You at the centre of our world.
Written by Therese Manning