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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 10

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: God is Aware of Injustice (v 1-18)

Psalms 10 Commentary

(10:1) A Call to Prayer -  "Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?" To the psalm writer, God seemed far away. But even though the writer had honest doubts, he did not stop praying or conclude that God no longer cared. He was not complaining but simply asking God to hurry to his aid. It is during those times when we feel most alone or oppressed that we need to keep praying, telling God about our troubles.

(10:4-6) Why Do the Wicked Prosper - Some people succeed in everything they do, and they brag that no one, not even God, can keep them down. We may wonder why God allows these people to amass great wealth while they despise him as they do. But why are we upset when the wicked prosper? Are we angry about the damage they are doing or just jealous of their success? To answer these questions, we must gain the right perspective on wickedness and wealth. The wicked will surely be punished because God hates their evil deeds. Wealth is only temporary. It is not necessarily a sign of God's approval on a person's life; nor is lack of it a sign of God's disapproval. Don't let wealth or lack of it become your obsession. See Proverbs 30:7-9 for a prayer you can pray about money.

(10:11) Pride is Self Worship - There is an incompatibility between blind arrogance and the presence of God in our hearts. Proud people depend on themselves rather than on God. This causes God's guiding influence to leave them. When God's presence is welcome, there is no room for pride because he makes us aware of who we truly are.

(10:14) God Hears Our Cries - God sees and takes note of each evil deed, encourages us, and listens to our cries (10:17). He understands the complexity of our situations. We can face the wicked because we do not face them alone. God is by our side.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Our Justice

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 10. In our text today, we see a theme of why the wicked succeed. Although God may seem hidden at times, we can be assured that he is aware of every injustice. In making an application, we see that Jesus is our Justice. We need not seek vengeance on all who harm us but can rest in knowing that God Knows all and brings justice to all. As maturing believers, we will gain the heart of God to desire that all come to repentance and escape God's judgment. How about you? Do you see vengeance on those who harm you? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that no one escapes the justice of our Lord.


Psalm 10

Psalm 10

 1Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

 2The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

 3For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.

 4The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

 5His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

 6He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.

 7His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

 8He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

 9He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

 10He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

 11He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

 12Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

 13Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

 14Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

 15Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.

 16The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

 17LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

 18To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.