Scripture Reading: Genesis 34:1-35:29 / Matthew 12:46-13:17 / Psalm 10:1-11
David here complains about the fraud, extortion, cruelty, violence and injustice suffered by innocent and righteous men. The wicked did whatever they pleased and felt God was completely oblivious of their deeds of evil. They suppressed the poor, extorted the weak and crushed the feeble. Everything was done for their pleasure, financial gain and controlling power.
David asked, “Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1) Why? This is a bitter question that arises out of the frustrations and difficulties of life. It seemed as if God was distant from them and too far off to hear their cry. Why was God hiding and where was He when bad things happened to good people? God usually gets the blame for injustice, oppression and bad things in life. We at times question God’s nearness and power when the world collapses upon us.
The reason for and the foundation of man’s wickedness is not ignorance or unbelief but pride. The first sin was not found in the garden but in heaven. Adam and Eve’s eating of the forbidden fruit in the garden was preceded by Lucifer’s sinful pride in heaven. Sin rose up in Lucifer as pride filled his heart, “I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:14) The tempter was present in the garden and laid the prideful, lustful and rebellious foundation for man’s sin.
As a result, wicked bullies are arrogant vs.2, boastful vs.3, proud vs.4, haughty vs.5, and secure vs.6. The wicked believe they are too good for God’s mercy, too strong for God’s intervention, too wise for His counsel and too happy for His presence. Pride sees no need for God and does not acknowledge or call upon Him. Pride isn’t into serving but being served; it’s stiff necked and hard hearted.
The wicked love to attack the righteous and defy God. They are intoxicated with their prosperity and they mock the things of God. The ways of God are foolish to the wicked. They sneer at God’s judgment with mockery and ridicule. We must guard our hearts, “If pride can make a devil out of an archangel, what can it do to you?”
Like a bully that has their way with the weak and suppressed, we are defenseless against the oppression of the wicked. Those who are bullied are in need for someone to stand up for them in their defense. We look to God to be our defender and deliverer because we are defenseless against the power of wickedness.
Ironically, both David and the wicked believed God was absent. David believed God was hiding when he needed Him the most vs.1 and the wicked believed God was hiding too, “He covers his face and never sees.” (vs.10) The wicked believe God is powerless to stop them and he really does not care what they do. God will have an answer for every believer and a response for every wicked bully… He will not hide!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!