Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tuesday, December 30th Psalm 10

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Revelation 22, Malachi 1-2
Today's scripture focus is Psalm 10

Psalm 10 English Standard Version (ESV)

Why Do You Hide Yourself?

10 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
    let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
    and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord.
In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him;
    all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
His ways prosper at all times;
    your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
    as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
    throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”
His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
    under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
He sits in ambush in the villages;
    in hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
    he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket;
he lurks that he may seize the poor;
    he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
10 The helpless are crushed, sink down,
    and fall by his might.
11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
    he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
    forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked renounce God
    and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
    that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
    you have been the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
    call his wickedness to account till you find none.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever;
    the nations perish from his land.
17 Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
What a timeless psalm.  Since the beginning of time it seems like the wicked flourish and get away with murder (sometimes literally).  And sometimes, in this life, they really do, to a certain extent.

However, those who reject God do so at both a temporal and eternal cost.

For life here on earth, they have no chance to experience the true joy that can only be found in relationship with God.  God has set eternity in the heart of man, a longing for Him that only He can fill.  The wicked may have moments of fleeting happiness, but they cannot experience true joy as God intended.

And the eternal cost is obvious.  As we walk this earth, our years seem long and our temporary happiness can at times feel all important.  But when we consider our lifetimes in light of eternity, it truly is but a moment.  We serve a God of both justice and mercy.  He will show mercy to those who truly repent, but He will show justice and wrath to those who do not.  He is King, He is Lord, and in the end, justice will reign.

Tomorrow's scripture focus: Psalm 11
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Malachi 3-4

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