S (Scripture): Psalm 10
Why do you stand so far away, Lord,
hiding yourself in troubling times?
Meanwhile, the wicked are proudly
in hot pursuit of those who suffer.
Let them get caught
in the very same schemes they’ve thought up!
The wicked brag about their body’s cravings;
the greedy reject the Lord, cursing.
At the peak of their wrath,
the wicked don’t seek God:
There’s no God—
that’s what they are always thinking.
O (Observation): The palmist is frustrated are the Lord…or is it that the psalmist is frustrated that the Lord isn’t acting the way the psalmist wants the Lord to act??? Subtle difference, but an important one.
A (Application): What are our expectations of God? Do we expect God to be vindictive and petty, like us?
A friend of a friend is starting to gain some traction with the idea that the psalmists are never angry at God…but rather, angry with themselves! Sure, they throw accusations and such (towards God), but I get the sense that the authors of the psalms realize that their anger towards God may stem from their anger with their own expectations of God.
I never pray a certain outcome of a situation. I dare not dictate an outcome of anything. Rather, I seek God’s wisdom and care in my decisions and in the lives of those around me…that we might do the most faithful thing we can do in any given moment or situation.
So, does God care about us when people around us come at us or persecute us or lie in wait to strike at us? Absolutely! How God will care for us in those circumstances…, we never know, until we look back and can say, “Yes! God is there!”
P (Prayer): Lord, be with us all and guide us into the most faithful steps possible. Amen.