1 Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide in times of trouble?
2 The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised. 3 For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire; He blesses the greedy and renounces the Lord. 4 The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. 5 His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; As for all his enemies, he sneers at them. 6 He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.” 7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity. 8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the secret places he murders the innocent; His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless. 9 He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den; He lies in wait to catch the poor; He catches the poor when he draws him into his net. 10 So he crouches, he lies low, That the helpless may fall by his strength. 11 He has said in his heart, “God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see.” 12 Arise, O Lord! O God, lift up Your hand! Do not forget the humble. 13 Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, “You will not require an account.”
14 But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, To repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless. 15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man; Seek out his wickedness until You find none. 16 The Lord is King forever and ever; The nations have perished out of His land. 17 Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, 18 To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.
The following commentary is taken from Warren W. Wiersbe’s Book, BE Worshipful.
The problem in Psalm 9 is the enemy invading from without, while the problem in Psalm 10 is the enemy corrupting and destroying from within. There were wicked nations around Israel (9:5), but there were also wicked people within the covenant community (10:4), people who claimed to know God, but whose lives proved they did not know God (Titus 2:16)……
Questioning God (v. 1). The psalmist wrestles with the age-old problem, “Why doesn’t God do something about the prosperity of the wicked (vv. 2-4, 7, 10, 15) and the misery of the afflicted “ (vv. 2, 8-10)……The wicked are marching through the land, but the Lord seems to be distant and unconcerned.
Rejecting God (vv. 2-13). The psalmist now describes these wicked people, what they do and why they do it. He gives four statements that express what they believe, because what they believe determines how they behave.
(1) “There is no God” (vv. 2-4……). Believing this lie frees the wicked to do whatever they please, for they become their own god.
(2) “I shall not be moved” (vv. 5-7). This arrogant attitude comes from an ignorance of the laws of God, because unconverted people have no understanding of the Word of God or the ways of God (1 Cor. 2:10-16). Because God is long-suffering, they think their getting away with their sins (Ecc. 8:11). Peace and prosperity give them a false sense of security that will end very suddenly……
(3) “God doesn’t see me” (vv.8-11). They are sure that the law won’t catch up to them or the Lord notice what they do. The lion is often used as a picture of ruthless sinners who attack others (17:12)……
(4) “God will not judge me” (vv. 12-13)……The wicked boast that God will not investigate their sins or judge them, but God says, “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. 32:23). The Lord will keep His covenant promises to His people, and there will be a day of reckoning when sinners will be judged by a righteous God……
Trusting God (vv. 14-18). As the psalm draws to a close, the writer expresses his full confidence that God is on His throne and has everything under his control. The Lord may not explain to us why some people seem to get away with their evil deeds, but he does assure us that He will judge sinners and ultimately defend His own. In this paragraph, the Lord answers all four of the statements of the wicked that are quoted in verses 2-13.
(1) God sees what is going on (v. 14)……Even more, God sees the trouble (outward circumstances) and grief (inward feelings) caused by the wicked as they persecute the helpless, and He will take the matter in hand……
(2) God judges sin (v. 15). This answers the false claim of verses 12-13. The psalmist prays that the Lord will carefully investigate each sinner’s life and works, until every evil deed is exposed and judged. But he asks that the sinners be judged in this life and their power removed……This prayer isn’t always answered. (See Rev. 6:9-11.)
(3) God is King (v. 16). The wicked claim there is no God (vv. 1-4), but the truth is that God is and that He rules over all! (See 2:6; 5:2)……
(4) God defends His own people (vv. 17-18). He hears the prayers of the persecuted, He sees their plight, He strengthens their hearts for whatever trials He permits (Rom. 8:28), and He eventually judges those who abuse them. People of faith can depend on the God of heaven, but the self-confident and arrogant “people of the earth” have no future with the Lord. Life without the Lord is empty and vain……God’s people have been “redeemed from the earth” (Rev. 14:3) and have heaven as their home. The phrase “them that dwell on the earth” is found often in the book of Revelation (3:10; 6:10……) and describes not only where these unbelievers live but what they live for—the things of the earth. The “earth dwellers” may seem to have the upper hand today, but wait until the Lord reveals His hand!
I have heard the question in verse 1 asked a lot by Christians. ‘Why is God ignoring my prayers? Why is God letting this happen?’ We have fighting between political parties and their supporters cranked up due to election year, protesting and rioting and of course, the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
Why is God ignoring my prayers?—I have never felt that God was ignoring my prayers. I have always felt that I didn’t pray often enough for a certain situation or I wasn’t praying for it the right way. Was I praying in an arrogant way; was it a selfish request. When we are waiting for answers, we need to be patient, like God is, with us.
Why is God letting this happen?—Whether it be politicians on the opposite side, the protests that were highjacked by violent groups, or our states’ governments decisions that they are making about what is to be open and closed during this virus time, it is so tempting to jump into the fighting mode: call people names, cheer when those doing evil deeds get hurt, etc., but does God want me to do that? There are lost people out there saying and doing horrible things. God created all of us, including those who are saying and doing evil things. God is in charge of the discipline, I’m not. In Matthew 5, Jesus tells us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. I want my heart to match God’s heart as much as possible. I try to pray daily for all those who are lost, which includes those who say and do evil. I feel that is what God wants me to do. He has reminded me that there was a time when someone prayed for me till I totally opened my heart up to Jesus and accepted him as my Lord and Savior, so I need to pray for those who are lost, whether I know them or not because someone cared enough to pray for me.
I wish everyone a very blessed day.