Psalm 10: When God Delays His Vengeance

Psalm 10 is another emotional chapter of the bible. Here we have the Psalmist crying out to God, and they are almost demanding that God answer their cry.

God seems so far away and there is no justice or peace in their life. They see good people robbed and murdered, and God does nothing.

Many of us have been in this place, we beg God for an answer and yet we receive nothing from him. Instead, we are met with cold silence in our prayer closest.

Psalm 10

In times like these we must remember that our emotions and feelings block our connection to God. Instead, we should focus on his steadfast love, and how he will never leave or forsake us.

But that’s a lot easier said than done.

Whatever your situation, if you’re crying out to God, the Bible says he bottles every tear. I like to think that verse means he cares so much that he stores our tears as a remembrance of what we’ve gone through for him.

God could come down and change all of this in a minute. However, he gave us free will and with that, we have to make our own choices. That is why God holds onto our tears.

If you’re in that situation today, understand he’s right next to you, and he’s probably crying too. Jesus came to earth and died for you, he took your sins and died, then rose again 3 days later.

And due to his life on earth, he understands the pain we go through.

Psalm 10: Crying Out To God When He Seems Distant

O Lord, why do you stand so far away?
    Why do you hide when I am in trouble?
The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.
    Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.
For they brag about their evil desires;
    they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.

The wicked are too proud to seek God.
    They seem to think that God is dead.
Yet they succeed in everything they do.
    They do not see your punishment awaiting them.
    They sneer at all their enemies.
They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us!
    We will be free of trouble forever!”

Psalm 10:1-6
Repentance

Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats.
    Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.
They lurk in ambush in the villages,
    waiting to murder innocent people.
    They are always searching for helpless victims.
Like lions crouched in hiding,
    they wait to pounce on the helpless.
Like hunters they capture the helpless
    and drag them away in nets.
10 Their helpless victims are crushed;
    they fall beneath the strength of the wicked.
11 The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us!
    He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!”

Psalm 10:7-9

I relate to Psalm 10 a lot because I’ve cried this prayer out to God recently. I’ve been working 6-7 day work weeks for the last 3-4 years and I’m not making headway in my life.

In some ways, I feel like I’ve fallen backward.

No matter what happens, God is a righteous judge, and he’s being patient because he still loves the wicked people, and he’s giving them a chance to repent. Just like he gave you.

In the bible, it states that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. This means at one point we were all wicked, and God had patience with us, so we need to be patient with them.

By no means does this mean we should allow them to do harm to us, steal our livelihood, or give them a free pass? But it means we should love them and treat them as we want to be treated.

It’s what God wants us to do because that will help bring them back to him sooner. Psalm 10 is an amazing chapter about crying out to God, and waiting for his justice to come.

Psalm 10: When Will God Bring Justice?

12 Arise, O Lord!
    Punish the wicked, O God!
    Do not ignore the helpless!
13 Why do the wicked get away with despising God?
    They think, “God will never call us to account.”
14 But you see the trouble and grief they cause.
    You take note of it and punish them.
The helpless put their trust in you.
    You defend the orphans.

15 Break the arms of these wicked, evil people!
    Go after them until the last one is destroyed.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever!
    The godless nations will vanish from the land.
17 Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.
    Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,
    so mere people can no longer terrify them.

Psalm 10:12-18

In the final 7 verses of Psalm 10, we see the psalmist begging God to rise up and punish them. He reminds God how much evil they do and wants righteous vengeance. Sometimes God will answer this request, and others it will be a delayed answer.

The reason he delays it is that he wants all men (and women) to come back to him. God is always drawing people back to himself, his spirit is always convicting people.

Psalm 10

But they always have a choice, God will always reach out to you, but you have to answer his call.

In John 14:6 Jesus states that he’s the way, the truth. and life. This means he’s coming to rescue all of us, and he’s the only way. If we want to condemn someone for doing evil against us, doesn’t that mean somebody could ask God the same for us?

Everybody has sinned, and in someone else’s story, you’ve done something wrong to them. Whether it was intended or not, that’s how they perceive it.

Give the evil ones the grace God has given you, be patient, and wait for God to act because eventually, he will. That is what I feel when I read Psalm 10.

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