This week’s notes have been prepared by Marina Udy and our passage today is Psalm 10.
As I read this Psalm I can’t help thinking that it could have so easily been written today. The Psalms seem so contemporary, so relevant to everyday life even now in 2015. I’m sure that many of us, when we watch the news, ask ‘Why O Lord do you stand far off?’ We see the atrocities and wonder why God doesn’t intervene. I know I’ve asked that question many times, especially when people seem to get away with horrific crimes such as terrorism and child abuse. Crimes like benefit fraud, drug dealing and theft make us angry and we wonder how some people manage to get away with it. But it’s not just the newsworthy crimes that make us question where God is; we often wonder why God doesn’t step in and put things right when people upset or offend us. Surely He can see what’s happening and should step in and change things!
We all have an inner need to see justice done even criminals themselves would seek justice if a criminal act was carried out against them. So from the most notorious to the most self- righteous among us we all understand that there is a moral code and as individuals we all draw our own line that should not be crossed. It would seem that for the Psalmist his line has been well and truly crossed. He’s angry with the sin he sees around him and he knows exactly what should happen. He calls out to God and makes a series of very good and on the face of it very God honouring points. He explains the deeds of the wicked and he reminds God that these wicked people do not respect Him at all. He then helps God out by describing what God should do to them. It’s a succinct and precise cry for God to put things right.
This Psalm is written from the point of view of the oppressed but I think one of the questions I should ask is- Am I the oppressed or the oppressor? Perhaps we should not be asking- Where is God when I hurt? But ask -Where am I when others are hurting? I’m sure the Psalmist’s motives were to see God honoured but sometimes it’s so easy to see the way others offend God and forget that ‘our righteous acts are like filthy rags to God’. We can all hurt others, cause offence, break someone’s trust and even break the law ourselves. But it’s far easier to stand in judgement of others because, although we know we’re not perfect, we are convinced we’re not as bad as the person we are judging! Yet the Bible makes it clear that ‘All have sinned’ and we forget that God is sovereign and he alone is fit to judge. He doesn’t need our help. He knows what’s happening globally and he knows what is happening in our heart.
Our Psalm should be one of praise because God loved sinners like us so much that He sent Jesus to pay the price of our sin. Our prayer should focus on asking God to change us and make us more like Jesus. Our role should be trusting God’s sovereignty to judge.