Psalm 10: “Break the arm of the wicked”

1 Why  do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why  do You hide  Yourself in times of trouble?
2 In  pride the wicked  hotly pursue the afflicted;  Let them be  caught in the plots which they have devised.
3 For the wicked  boasts of his  heart’s desire, And  the greedy man curses and  spurns the Lord.
4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance,  does not seek Him. All his  thoughts are, ” There is no God.”
5 His ways  prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high,  out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.
6 He says to himself, ” I will not be moved;  Throughout all generations  I will not be in adversity.”
7 His  mouth is full of curses and deceit and  oppression;  Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.
8 He sits in the  lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he  kills the innocent; His eyes  stealthily watch for the  unfortunate.
9 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 O Lord, You have heard the  desire of the  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. Psalms 10:1-18 (NASB)

David saw things so clearly. He was keenly aware of injustice, and the way of wicked men. Though he was not totally righteous, he seemed to always have in mind the plight of the unfortunate. David was a champion against unrighteousness, even as he repeatedly called on his God, the true champion of the oppressed. David’s prayers were all heard, they were all answered in Jesus Christ. Jesus has truly broken the arm of the “wicked and the evil doer.” All wickedness of men originates with Satan, and Jesus broke his curse on the cross at calvary, then proclaimed His triumph in the garden.
Thank you Father, for hearing the cry of the sin-distressed peoples of all times and answering our cry with your Son.


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