The LORD is good and does what is right; He shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them His way. The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep His covenant and obey His demands” (Psalm 25:8-10) God will always show us what is right for us. When we get sidetracked, God will direct us back to the right path. We are not alone. God leads and teaches us along the way. God leads those who obey Him. If you know you’ve got on the wrong path, seek God for direction instead of looking to the world for answers. As you take steps to follow and obey God’s voice, He will lovingly show you the way.
This scripture is the author questioning why it seems that God allows the wicked to succeed and to persecute the innocent at times. It reminded me a lot of all the crime today that is committed against completely innocent people. I like that the verse ensures us that God does see these awful acts and God will judge these people accordingly.
Psalm 10:17 “You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.”
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 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.
“Christ and the Rich Young Ruler” painting by Heinrich Hofmann, 1889 via Wikimedia Commons.
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While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight; I’ll fight to the very end!
-General William Booth
Arise, O Lord! Punish the wicked, O God! Do not ignore the helpless! Why do the wicked get away with despising God? They think, “God will never call us to account.” But you see the trouble and grief they cause. You take note of it and punish them. The helpless put their trust in you. You defend the ORPHANS and the OPPRESSED. Break the arms of these wicked, evil people! Go after them until the last one is destroyed. The Lord is king forever and ever! The godless nations will vanish from the land. Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the ORPHANS and the OPPRESSED, so mere people can no longer terrify them.
Psalm 25:1-10 (NASB) To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in You I trust, Do not let me be ashamed; Do not let my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed; Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.
Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day. Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses, For they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; According to Your lovingkindness remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.
Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way. All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
- Psalm 130:5-6 (NIV)
God set a part the Levites (descendants of Levi, son of Jacob) to serve to look after the temple (Deuteronomy 10:8). One of the tasks that the Levites would have performed would have been guarding the temple, being watchmen, guarding the temple overnight. The reason why they did this was because the temple was important, and furthermore, God had told them to do so.
But the psalmist here says that he waits on the Lord MORE than the watchmen waited for morning. This is a powerful statement because this was an important task and something that was actually pleasing in God’s sight. However, the psalmist recognized that he must wait for the Lord even more than something that pleased the Lord. WOW. Even when we’re doing God’s work, even when we’re desiring something that pleases Him, such as a godly marriage, or to travel the world and get involved in mission work, we must still wait on the Lord. In the New Testament, there are quite a few verses for believers on patience and endurance and how it relates to our faith walk (*I’ve listed the scriptures below for your reference). Remember this even if you’re:
1. Waiting on a text/message/call/invitation to hang out from a guy from church, or a guy that you consider to be “godly husband” material
2. Waiting to be able to leave the job you’re working to be more involved in a passion God has placed on your heart
3. Waiting for your family member or friend to realize their worth and who they are in Jesus
4. Waiting on an opportunity that would allow you to use the gifts God has given you.
5. Waiting on results from a doctor or someone in authority at work or school
Whatever it is, even you’re waiting on something that would bring glory to God, we must still wait on Him more than we wait for anything else!
Biblical context + further reading: Psalm 130, Psalm 25:15, Deuteronomy 10:8-11, *Colossians 1:11, Romans 5:3-4, James 5:11, 2 Peter 3:9
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