Psalm 10

Read: Psalm 10:1 – 4; Psalm 7:15 – 16; ) Psalm 94:3 – 4; Isaiah 3:9; 2 Peter 2:3

“There is not, in my judgment, a psalm which describes the mind, the manners, the works, the words, the feelings, and the fate of the ungodly with so much propriety, fullness, and light, as this psalm which provides the form and description of the man who, though he may be in the sight of himself and of men more excellent than Peter himself, is detestable in the eyes of God; and this it was that moved Augustine, and those who followed him, to understand the psalm as referring to the Antichrist.” — Martin Luther

Think About It: What are some of the characteristics of the wicked person according to Psalm 10:2 – 3? What might motivate a wicked person to vehemently deny the existence of God?  

Prayer: For Christ-like humility to characterize my life.

 

Read: Psalm 10:5 – 7; 2 Peter 3:3 – 10; Psalm 36:3; 73:8; Romans 3:13 – 14

Psalm 10:5 refers not to the actual fate of the wicked person, but to what he believes to be his fate, which is made clear in v. 6. He believes he is in control of his own fate, and that nothing bad will ever happen to him.  He does not comprehend the judgments of God because they are beyond his comprehension.

Think About It: How does 2 Peter 3:3 – 10 help explain the error of the wicked person regarding his control of his own fate? According to Psalm 10:7 what characterizes the speech of the wicked person?

Prayer: Praise the Lord that He will judge the world in righteousness.

 

Read: Psalm 10:8 – 9; Psalms 17:12, 59:3; 64:4; Proverbs 28:15

The wicked person sets a trap, casts out a net, stealthily stalks his victim like a lion.

The picture of the wicked person as one who sets traps is a common theme in the psalms. His victims are the innocent, the helpless (hapless and unfortunate), the poor (Hebrew ani, the victimized poor, see also v. 2 – the person who is poor not because he is lazy or foolish, but because of oppression).

Think About It: According to Psalm 10:10 how do the actions of the wicked person affect his victims?  What are some contemporary examples of the kind of wickedness described in Psalm 10:8 – 10?

Prayer: Lord, please deliver the oppressed and the powerless from their oppressors.

 

Read: Psalm 10:11; Psalm 73:11; Ezekiel 8:12; 9:9; Zephaniah 1:12

The wicked person says to himself that God has forgotten about the innocent, helpless and poor; that God has hidden His face and will never see what the wicked does.

Think About It: How do we know that God does in fact see what the wicked person is doing, and that God has not forgotten the innocent, helpless, and poor?  Am I ever tempted to think that God either doesn’t see or doesn’t care about what I am doing? What helps me remember that God does see and that He does care?

Prayer: Lord thank You for Your watchful care over the world and over me.

 

Read: Psalm 10:1; 9:9; 46:1; 13:1; 14:2; 22:1, 11, 19; 44:24; 88:14; 102:19

The psalmist speaks on behalf of the afflicted and powerless in this psalm.  The psalm begins with bewilderment and complaint. This complaint is one that is repeated many times in the psalms, but is also contradicted many times in the psalms by clear statements that God does not hide Himself in times of trouble.

Think About It:  How can the apparent conflict between Psalm 9:9 and Psalm 10:1 be reconciled? Have I ever felt the bewilderment expressed in Psalm 10:1? Some other examples of complaining prayes include those of Moses (Numbers 11:11 -15), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 12:1 – 4), and Jonah(Jonah 4:1 – 3). Do we have permission to complain to God in prayer? How did God respond to the complaints of Moses, Jeremiah, and Jonah?

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for bearing with my complaints.

 

Read: Psalm 10:12, 13, 15; Psalm 94:2; Micah 5:9; : Psalm 37:17, 36; 89:32; Isaiah 41:12

The psalmist prays for the Lord to arise on behalf of the afflicted and powerless, which echoes the language of Psalm 9:19. The psalmists prayer is a call for action.

Think About It:  What basis for action does the psalmist provide to the Lord in Psalm 10:13? What does the psalmist request God to do to the wicked person in Psalm 10:15? Based on the other Scripture references for today, what are God’s plans for the unrepentant wicked? Where do I long to see God arise and act?

Prayer: Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail!

 

Read: Psalm 10:14, 16 – 18; 9:12; 11:4; 33:13 – 15; 68:5; 146:9; Hosea 14:3

Although Psalm 10 begins with an expression of bewilderment and a cry of complaint about God’s apparent absence, the psalm ends on a very different, affirming note.

Think About It: What does Psalm 10 affirm about God in vv. 14 and 16 – 18? What will God do for His people? How does God strengthen the heart of His people?  Taken as a whole, how can Psalm 10 help me understand the world and its problems? How can it help inform my prayers?

Prayer: Lord, help me to be honest with You about my doubts and fears, but help me also to move beyond those doubts and fears to greater faith.

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