“He says to himself, “God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it.” –Psalms 10:11 (NASB)
The object of this Psalm is “the wicked,” meaning an unregenerate person, or one in the midst of rebellion.
Whether we are talking about one that is a believer, or not, we can all fall into this mindset, it’s a trap.
We often ascribe to God, human characteristics. This is called an anthropomorphism (the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object.)
The psalmist says of the wicked that they are thinking God has forgotten. Take a close look at the psalm and you will see what exactly is supposedly forgotten, wicked plots, greediness, pride, curses, deceit, opression & even murder. Not only is this a doctrinal impossibility, but God has made it clear throughout history and it is well documented in His word, He has not forgotten. He hears, He knows, He responds. Our difficulty is viewing his response through the lens of our human reasoning. We think He is slow to act, therefore somehow neglectful. Be assured, God is not slow, and He has not somehow missed or forgotten evil. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Has God hidden His face? It does seem at times that he is hard to see, especially when sin seems to be having it’s day. Jesus cried out upon the cross, “Eli Eli lama sabachthani?” which is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
He Himself experienced a separation from the Father as the sins of humanity were poured out upon him for salvation.
In this case, it was momentary, necessary, and yielded great fruit for the whole world. When you find God’s face so-to-speak, hard to see,.. look to Jesus. Consider Jesus. “Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:8,9
Then there is the idea that God will not see it (sin). Rest assured, God sees sin. God does not have eyes like a man has eyes. We can see basically one thing at a time. God can see everything from the beginning to the end and all over the universe… all in an instant. Be assured, His vision is keen. He is, however, not simply focused on one thing. The psalmist is focused on the “sins of the wicked,” with specifics in mind. God knows the end of the wicked, and though He is patient, willing that they would “come to repentance” … His judgement for the unrepentant is both swift and certain.