1Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
2The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
3For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
4The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
5His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
6He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
7His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
8He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
9He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
10He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
11He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
Does God Forget?
The wicked, in his arrogance, stated, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it. But, does God forget?
Our world is filled with the wicked who are not the least concerned about their state before God. They say in their hearts, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
The difficulty is, they do not appear to be wicked. As the Psalmist described, He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. In other words, he appeared to be Mr. Nice Guy to cause the poor to fall.
Are we defenseless against the wicked? If we are poor, are we doomed to be his target? As Christians, how do we arm ourselves against the wicked of this world? Is their no hope for us? Psalm 10, verse 4 contains a key to answer these questions, The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
God is not in all his thoughts! As Christians, is God in all of our thoughts - not just some of our thoughts, but all of our thoughts? Why not?
Under persecution, Christians are much more aware of God's working in every moment of their lives. But those of us who have lived with very little, if any, persecution, have often lost that comfortable presence of God.
People of the world live as though there is no God; look at most movies. Is God present? Most movies present a false world; they present a Godless world where any consequences for evil are simply from man. There is no God to make them feel guilty, or to whom they must someday give an account.
As Christians, let us pray that God would be present in all of our thoughts, every moment of every day. Let us remember to live in the real world where God is still on the throne, we have a specific God-given purpose, and the wicked will one day be brought into account for their deeds.
Let us also remember that God does answer prayer; we are never in a hopeless or helpless state. Though we may forget, does God forget? No, God never forgets his own, though we may often forget Him. Let us return to our First Love!
What an amazing God we have!
God Bless You,