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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Day Ten

In Psalm 10, the psalmist reflects on the heart of the wicked person. He starts off the psalm in a sad way, "Why do you stand afar off, Lord? Why do you hide in times of trouble?"

Of course, God doesn't hide in times of trouble. He is never far from us. So this first line let's us know this Psalm is the cry from a human heart whose vision of God isn't complete (no humans vision of God is complete!) But that's what Psalms does. It's a book filled with the cries of human hearts towards God... the lovely, the ugly, but the sincere.

The psalmist goes on to explain to God what the wicked person looks like, thinks like, acts like... He describes him like a predator, preying on the humble, and renounces God's power or even existence. It's a poignant portrayal.

One verse that caused a pang in my heart was: He has said in his heart, 'God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see.”(v. 11) I know so many who feel this way.

God does see.  God has not forgotten, and as I said before, He does not hide. We all will be accountable for what's in our hearts... that's why we need Christ!! None of us are pure.

The psalmist ends with praises to God. Despite his cry of "Why do you hide", he knows:

The LORD is King forever and ever;
         The nations have perished out of His land.
 LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble;
         You will prepare their heart;
         You will cause Your ear to hear,
 To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
         That the man of the earth may oppress no more.

Amen.

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