Psalms On Saturday ~ Psalm 10

Psalm 10 is about evil people who seemingly prosper while the just and needy suffer. 

They brag about their evil desires; they praise the greedy and curse the Lord (v. 3, NLT).

I’ve thought about this often, “Why doesn’t God judge evil more quickly?” Then considering my wayward years when I was in rebellion against God, I’m glad that He was patient and merciful with me.

I learned a great lesson from my mother on dealing with the unrighteous as she prayed for me daily. We should pray for our government, culture, friends, family, and especially purveyors of blatant evil.

Psalm 10 describes how sinners justify evil. 

First:  They believe there is no God.

The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead (v. 4).

In 1997, Stephane Courtois wrote a book entitled The Black Book of Communism, in which she estimated that 94 million were killed by Communist leaders and countries in the 20th century.

It’s easy to justify the diabolical while believing “God is dead.”

Second:  They are fooled into believing no consequences for their actions. 

They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us! We will be free of trouble forever!” (v. 6)

In my book, First Steps Conversations, I teach in chapter two when considering something we know isn’t of God that, we magnify the consequences!!!! Think what the worst possible result of this decision could be and then multiply it ten times.

As a pastor for over 50 years, I can’t count how many have said to me, “I never thought anyone would find out.”

Third:  They will not be judged by God.

The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us! He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!” (v. 11)

Why do the wicked get away with despising God? They think, “God will never call us to account.” (v. 13)

With God, a thousand years are like a day. I thought when I was 17 that I had eternity to live, and now at 70, I consider how fast the years have passed.

Psalm 10 challenges the misconceptions and false ideas of the wicked.

You see the trouble and grief they cause. You take note of it and punish them (v. 14).

Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them (v. 17).

Sin is deception giving an attitude of, “I will get away with this.” No, we won’t. Psalm 10 has a warning for everyone . . . 

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 (vv. 15-16).

Since we all deceive ourselves about sin, our only security from God’s judgment is the grace and mercy of Jesus.

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