“O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear 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
Psalm 10 is not exactly cheerful. It doesn’t really beg to written about at first glance. It begins with the psalmist asking why God has hidden himself. And then goes into great detail about evil people.
- They don’t believe in God
- He speaks arrogantly in front of his enemies
- He curses and lies
- He murders the innocent
- He crushes the helpless
It’s not really much different than our world today. If you watch the nightly news or read it online, there are many examples of this same kind of wickedness in our world today. And most of us can give personal examples of the wicked behavior that has touched ourselves or our loved ones. We can understand the cry of the psalmist, “Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1; ESV)
And I think we can all relate to the psalmist requesting that God break the arms of the wicked. We want the bad guys to get what’s coming to them. We want those who inflict pain to feel pain themselves. The Psalms are full of these raw and very real emotions.
For me, it isn’t until the last line where I can find hope. In it God is asked to “. . . do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” The real hope is not that God inflicts the wicked with pain by breaking his arms (10:15) but by God bringing about justice to the orphan and the oppressed. The psalmist writes about a time to come where “man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” And it reminds me of a time to come when God wins and the wicked lose. A time when . . .
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
So we wait and so we say together, ” Come, Lord, Jesus come.”