Psalm 10

[1] Why, O LORD, do you stand far away?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

Psalm 10:1, ESV

Have you ever been stumped about how to initiate a difficult conversation? You know you need to say it or ask it, but you don’t know how to make the transition from regular, easily-flowing conversation to the difficult matter at hand. We’ve all been there, finding at times that there simply is no way to soften the blow, so it’s best just to be honest. That’s where the psalmist was–not with a friend or family member but with the Lord–and to be honest, we’ve all been there. Psalm 10 isn’t about questioning God’s character or justice. It’s the cry of a heart that clearly sees the wreckage of injustice and oppression, the destruction brought about by the greedy and powerful. The innocent are murdered and the helpless are crushed at the hands of the wicked. How does what we see clearly before our eyes square with the righteous character of God revealed in His word?

By starting with the difficult lament of pain and injustice, the psalmist helps us see that God is not far away, even when it feels like it. He is not hiding, even when we can’t see His hand. He is king forever and ever. Nations come and go, oppression changes forms, but as Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” How do we know that to be true? The Bible tells us so:

[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.

Psalm 10:17-18

As we feel the weight of the brokenness around us, let’s cry out to the Lord who hears.

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