Faith in the Face of Wickedness

 

     The hardest questions of life are hurled at the righteous when his faith is under an all-out assault by Satan.  In the day of Psalm 10’s composition, the wicked in their haughtiness were successfully mistreating and oppressing the poor (v. 2).  How brazen was the wickedness of the wicked!   Their tongues boasted with wicked words and blessed those who Jehovah abhors (v. 3).  Their haughty minds banished God from all consideration (v. 4).  Their wicked ways prospered (v. 5).  Their wicked hearts imagined that they were invincible (v. 6).  Their wicked mouths were full of cursing, deceit, and fraud (v. 7).  Their wicked actions were covert, vicious, and deadly (vv. 8-10).  Their wicked hearts believed God to be senile and blind (v. 11).

     It is in this cauldron of evil circumstances that Satan blasts away at one’s faith: “Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide in times of trouble?” (v. 1).  It was in this cauldron of evil circumstances that a prayer of faith arose to God: “Arise, O Lord! O God, lift up Your hand!   Do not forget the humble” (v. 12).  It was in this cauldron of evil circumstances that “the Lord is King forever and ever” (v. 16).  It was in this cauldron of evil circumstances that He heard the desire of the humble (v. 17) to “do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more” (v. 18).

     God is faithful.  Cling to faith in Him, especially when the wickedness of the wicked proliferates.

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