Psalm 10

Read through Psalm 10 and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal a new truth to you

The Lord is king forever and ever!
The godless nations will vanish from the land.
Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.
Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,
so mere people can no longer terrify them.

Psalm 10:16-18 NLT

Psalm 10 is the cry of the oppressed about the persecution they experience at
the hands of the wicked.
The verses from Psalm 10 that stood out to me on this Good Friday are v. 16-18. We see in Matthew 27:29 that soldiers fashioned a crown of thorns and mocked Jesus with it. But we believe in faith that when Jesus died on the cross he defeated sin, and when he rose on Easter Sunday morning, he defeated death and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father (Hebrew 12:2). God is on the throne, he is king forever! Amen!
Verse 17 gives us confidence that the Lord hears our prayers. This is the hope we have when we are oppressed, when we are scared, when we don’t understand God’s plan for our life. He hears our cry and he comforts us.
My prayer today and every day is “Lord, may your kingdom come on this earth.” When his kingdom comes on earth, justice will be applied to the wicked. In the beginning of the Psalm the author relays the despair and trouble felt by the oppressed but he ends the Psalm with calm confidence in God’s justice and victory.

Father, I praise you for you are the eternal king! I praise you that you are holy and righteous and you sit on the throne forever and ever. Thank you that you are also a personal God who loves us dearly and that through Jesus’ death and resurrection you have given hope to the helpless. Thank you, Lord, that you comfort the oppressed and promise justice and freedom from their suffering.

Action Steps:
  • Listen to King of Kings.  Thank Jesus for seeing through his suffering to our salvation on the other side of the cross. Read Hebrews 12:2 - "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Write a prayer of thanksgiving to Jesus.
  • Ask God to bring to mind examples of oppression that exist in today’s world. Pray for the oppressed in our world. Pray for God’s justice to “roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream (Amos 5:24).” Ask God to show you how you can be an advocate for the oppressed.

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