Psalm 10 – David’s Prayer Asking God To Act Against Proud, Wicked Men

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Psalm 10

Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?
Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?
In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted;
Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire,
And the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord.
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance,does not seek Him.
All his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

His ways prosper at all times;
Your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.
He says to himself, “I will not be moved;
Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity.”
His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression;

Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.
He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he kills the innocent; His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.
He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair;
He lurks to catch the afflicted;
He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.

10 He crouches, he bows down,
And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones.
11 He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up Your hand.
Do not forget the afflicted.
13 Why has the wicked spurned God?
He has said to himself, “You will not require it.”

14 You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand.

The unfortunate commits himself to You;
You have been the helper of the orphan.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer,
Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

16 The Lord is King forever and ever;
Nations have perished from His land.
17 Lord, You have heard the desire of the [r]humble;
You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
18 To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.

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David is asking God why He does not take action against proud, wicked men.

  • Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?
    Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?  (vs 1)

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These proud men

  • Boast of their hearts’ desires (vs 3)
  • Are greedy, and curse and spurn the Lord (vs 3)
  • In the haughtiness of their countenance, do not seek Him. (vs 4)
  • Have mouths full of curses and deceit and oppression (vs 7)
  • Have mischief and wickedness under their tongues  (vs 7)

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They prey on those who are not able to stand up to them

  • In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted;  (vs 2)
  • He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
    In the hiding places he kills the innocent;
    His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.  (vs 8)
  • He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair;
    He lurks to catch the afflicted;
    He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.  (vs 9)
  • He crouches, he bows down,
    And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones.  (vs 10)

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Why do they think they can get away with it?  They think that God does not see them and what they are doing, since God has hidden His judgments from them until it is time to lower the boom

  • All his thoughts are, “There is no God.”  (vs 4)
  • His ways prosper at all times;
    Your judgments are on high, out of his sight;  (vs 5)
  • He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
    He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”  (vs 11)
  • Why has the wicked spurned God?  He has said to himself, “You will not require it.”  (vs 13)

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In their pride they also believe that people cannot stand up to them

  • As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them. (vs 5)
  • He says to himself, “I will not be moved;
    Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity.”  (vs 6)

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David appeals to God

  • Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised (vs 2)
  • Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up Your hand.Do not forget the afflicted.  (vs 12)
  • Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer,
    Seek out his wickedness until You find none.  (vs 15)

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The unfortunate appeal to God

  • The unfortunate commits himself to You;  
    You have been the helper of the orphan.  (vs 14)

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God sees and will act……..

  • You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand.   (vs 14)
  • Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
    You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
    To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,
    So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.  (vs 17, 18)

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……just as He has acted in the past – as proven by His dealings with the nations

  • The Lord is King forever and ever;
    Nations have perished from His land.  (vs 16)