"Why Do You Hide Yourself? Why, O LORD, do you stand far away?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?" Psalm 10:1
David's prayer to the LORD in the first verse is one I am sure most Christians have made. It may not have been voiced out loud for fear someone might hear, but it was a conscious thought. I am so thankful God included David's prayers in His Holy Scripture.
In this prayer, David cries out to God about the wicked. After David's initial questions, notice how he mentions the wicked in each of the next eight verses. He describes them as boastful, greedy, prideful, foul-mouthed, deceitful, oppressive and murderers just to name a few. David is upset because it seems they prosper through their wickedness.
He wants God to notice what they think of Him; God does not exist (v. 4) since there is no God who can stop me (v. 6), even if there were a God, He would not do anything to me (v. 11, 13). Because they do not acknowledge God, look at what they do to the poor, innocent, helpless, afflicted, fatherless and oppressed.
David's prayer reminds me of the parable Jesus told his followers so they would always be prayerful and not lose heart in Luke 18:1-8. Jesus concludes the parable by saying "Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you he will give justice to them speedily."
LORD God, we live in a world where it does appear the wicked prosper and there is the temptation to imitate their ways. But You are King. You are the One who will hold all mankind to account. Please protect those for whom David is concerned. Use us, Your people, as instruments for that purpose.
As I first read these twelve verses, they seemed to cover several topics, but as I examined them, I saw a unity of thought rather than several unique ideas. The first and last two verses tied it together for me. Verses 1-2 are very much like David's prayer in Psalm 10. Solomon is telling his son to be aware of evil, violent men because they are trouble. In verses 11-12, Solomon says when you are aware of the plans of evil men, rescue those who will be hurt by their action. Do not turn a blind eye because God knows your heart. He also repays according to what you do.
The middle verses deal with how to be prepared to rescue those the wicked plan to harm. First, be wise in how you build your life. A wise man will strengthen himself through wise counsel when difficulty arises. With an abundance of wise advisers, even a fool would know to keep silent. Those who scheme evil are detestable to other men. Be strong as the day comes when action is required to help those snared by those with evil schemes.
Jesus taught me to pray "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven". You have made it plain the Father's will is for His children to protect the weak, the fatherless and the widow. Please give me courage, wisdom and resolve to do just that. May I stand against the wicked who would take advantage of others.