A Quarter in the Psalms- Psalm 10

Psalm 10 grapples with the Justice of God, and the way the world works today.

Main Point: The wicked often prosper in this life, and they often do at the expense of others. However, they are foolish and do not understand that the Lord will not let them go unpunished. Though they seek to oppress the widow and the fatherless and may seem to get away with it, the Lord shall judge them and bring them to ruin. The summary verses are in 17 and 18 “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.”

Interesting Points: This psalms play particularly close attention to the way the Lord is on the side of the poor, the oppressed, and the afflicted. It is a theme that becomes an indictment of Israel in Isaiah that they did not take care of the oppressed. It also echos of Jesus words to take care of the “least of these.”

Emotional reaction: I had a boss several years ago who was a perfect description of the wicked in this Psalm. He always played employes off of one another, and never paid others what he promised. So I identify with the anger this expresses with the wicked, and also the frustration that comes across in the beginning of the Psalm.


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