The wicked seem to prosper but will face judgment (Psalm 10:1‐18)

The aim of this passage is to cause us to understand how wickedness is rationalized by human beings.

On the surface, the wicked who reject go and take advantage of other seem to prosper (Psa 10:1-11)

In a fallen world, God allows the wicked to prosper for a time.

The Psalmist started by wondering why doesn’t God reveal Himself to us when we are going through times of trouble? Why does He seem to be so far removed from us when we need Him? To explain why he feel this way, the Psalmist described the works of the wicked. The wicked in pride persecute the poor. They show off their evil desires with satisfaction and display contempt for God. They have so much pride in themselves and human achievements that they do not seek God and so they declared that there is no God. They are prosperous and they do not care for nor can they see God’s works. They defend themselves against their adversaries. They feel self-sufficient. They believe that they are established and will never experience disaster. Their words are lies and vile. When they speak they intend to cause trouble and deceive. They develop schemes to take advantage of and destroy the poor and helpless and they succeed.  They believe that they will get away with their evil deeds because God is not paying attention to what they are doing.

Job 12:6-10  The tents of robbers are at peace, and those who provoke God are secure, who bring their god in their hand. “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.

How has the properity of the wicked affected your faith?

But God is taking account of the deeds of the wicked and will deliver justice for the afflicted (Psa 10:12-18)

God will judge the wicked for every single deed.

The Psalmist called on God not to forget those who are suffering at the hands of the wicked. Even though the wicked say that God does not pay attention to their actions and will not judge them, God does see. He takes into account their actions. He is the helper of the helpless. The Psalmist asked God to break the arms of the wicked so that they suffer and can not do harm and he asked God to judge them for all their sins so that all their evil acts would be accounted for. God reigns over everything forever while all nations will cease to exist. He strengthens those who have suffered at the hands of the wicked and listens to them in order to deliver justice for them. He does this so that wicked human being will not be able to cause terror to the helpless anymore.

Genesis 15:16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.

Romans 2:2-5  We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

What encouragement do you receive from this passage to live a righteous life?


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