A Prayer for Rescue
Loving Lord and Father, help me to feel Your closeness each day, especially in any times of trouble.
Read Psalm 10:1-18
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Martin Luther …refers to God as ‘the hidden God,’ the idea that God always remains hidden unless and until he takes the initiative and makes himself known” (A. Leonard Griffith).
This picture of unscrupulous oppressors is an alarming one. Yet it is close to what we know of so many people throughout history who have abused power and tyrannized others. Here, they are described as arrogant (2), unjust (3), self-deluded (6), manipulative (7) and dangerous (8-10). They are bullies who take advantage of the vulnerable and care nothing for justice. They are malicious liars who have gotten their own way for so long that they do not think they have God to contend with. They trap, crush and annihilate their victims (9,10).
In the face of all this wickedness, where is God? The cry of the psalmist echoes the cries of so many who are faced with injustice and abuse. Whether it is in the political realm, in war, at work or even within the family, there are so many who have been mistreated by others who have taken power for themselves. And the question is always; where is God? The psalmist calls upon God both to protect the innocent and helpless and to punish the wrongdoer. His passion and pleading are strong: surely, the evil one must face a reckoning! Break his arm! Stop the injustice! Don’t let him get away with it!
We don’t hear the end of the story in this psalm or find out what happens to the unscrupulous oppressor, but we do receive assurances that God hears and responds to those who are victimized. God is not mocked. He will defend the vulnerable. It helps us to know that our prayers for justice and the protection of the weak are never in vain. God is eternal, and tyrants are merely mortal (16,18). However untouchable they think they are, they will be held to account.
Pray now for those who are facing persecution, injustice and violence at the hands of people bent on destruction, and ask God what you might do to help.
Father, I remember those struggling with suffering and abandonment. Make Yourself known to them and encourage them in their struggles.
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