2005-10-09 - Confidence of the Wicked
Psalm 10, Part 6
Verse 8-11: The self-confidence of the wicked leads to ever-increasing evil. He is pictured as a highwayman lying in wait outside the village, waiting to catch the unwary. Next, he is described as a lion ready to crush his victims. And because he seemingly gets away with his choices in life, there is no expectation God will ever judge or intervene. He continues on, oblivious to the existence of God. The wicked live in a self-chosen ignorance of the power and authority of the Lord. And their apparent immunity to the consequences of sin sometimes leads the righteous to ask: "God, where are you?"
Verse 12-13: And this in turn leads to the righteous crying out to God for justice. As one turns to the Lord, there is an ever-growing confidence in Him. The call is for God not to forget the needs of His own. How is it the wicked can get away with attacking the Lord? "God, we know You know what is going on. When will you finally act?" David desired God's immediate intervention against the wicked. We too want things to be fair right now. But hopefully we realize we don't have the right to demand fairness, justice or prosperity, in spite of what is currently being taught by some. As we examine the life of Jesus, of Peter and, most of all, Paul, we see that life did not work out for them in a fair manner. But we certainly can look forward to the day when things will be set to rights: the day of the Lord's return.
"After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18).
Study to be continued.
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