Study Notes

Psalm 10:1-18

10:1 Where Are You Lord?

There are times of trial that we feel completely alone, totally abandoned by God. Foreclosure comes without the money coming through. A loved one dies without a miracle. And we think that God is far off. But the Bible tells us,

Ps. 46:1 GOD is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

God is very present at those times. It is our feelings that are letting us down, not the Lord. If we stand on the Word, we know that if you...

James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Hebr. 13:5 ...He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,"

Don't be deceived by feelings. The Lord is there, as close as you allow Him to be.

10:2-10 The Wicked

Let the wicked be caught in the plots which they have devised. We've seen that several times in just these first few psalms.

Ps. 5:10 ...By their own devices let them fall!...

Ps. 7:15-16 He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has fallen into the hole which he made. His mischief will return upon his own head, And his violence will descend upon his own pate.

Ps. 9:15 The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made; In the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.

The psalmist spends this section thinking about the wicked. Some interesting thoughts he has include:

Boasting Of His Heart's Desire

Verse three says,

Ps. 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire...

When conviction is working in someone, they try to keep their sin silent. Sure, they may be in adultery, but they don't broadcast it. They may be on drugs, but they don't tell people how cool it is. The completely wicked, on the other hand, make no excuses for their sin, but delight in it and brag about it. "We're going to get blasted drunk at the bar tonight!" "I'm gonna hurt him so bad, he'll wish he'd never been born!"

Earthly Prosperity

The psalmist notes in verse five,

Ps. 10:5 His ways prosper at all times; Thy judgments are on high, out of his sight

This shows us a "...picture of the earthbound man who is too engrossed at ground level to see what is hanging over him." (Kidner) The psalms continually remind us that the wicked often prosper in wealth and success. But their ultimate end is damnation.

10:11-15 Thou Hast Seen It

Although the wicked thinks, "God has forgotten - He'll never see it," God has in fact seen it. And God will avenge those who have been taken advantage of, of those who have suffered, and those who have been afflicted.

10:16-18 Trusting In God

If the Lord has toppled mighty nations, he certainly has the ability to take vengeance on a wicked man in His timing. If we humbly lift our desires up to the Lord, He will listen to us and strengthen us. And ultimately, as we endure suffering, He will vindicate us.

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