Psalm 10:12-18

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by: FCC Staff

01/24/2022

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“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    O 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.”

I actually got away with it. It took work... but after some quick thinking, I was in the clear. I’ll start at the beginning. Inspired by a Jean-Claude Van Dam movie, I spent the afternoon throwing knifes into a cardboard target down the long hall in my house. Much to my surprise (I’m a little obtuse sometimes), I found sizable holes all over the walls nearby. I immediately went to the kitchen to check the clock. “Only forty-five minutes until mom comes home,” I said to myself. “Challenge accepted!” Here’s how I covered up my mistake: to fill each hole, I used a dollop of white toothpaste. After letting that set, I found my mom’s makeup kit, complete with every shade of ‘brown wall’ I could possibly need! After shading each hole, I walked away from the disaster, not to speak of it again, until we were long gone from that house!

It is delusion to think that we truly get away with our wrongdoing. In fact, the psalmist knows that judgment will inevitably come, and he celebrates that fact in Psalm 10:12-14: “12Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. 13Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”? 14But 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.” It is out of sinful self-preservation that we lie to ourselves by considering our sins secret or private. Even if they are not found out by men, we can be sure that, as the author of Ecclesiastes 12:14 says, “God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

This is not good news for those of us who sin. In fact, 1 John 1:8 says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” We’re all guilty of falling short of God’s perfect standard. However, the author goes on in 1 John 1:9 to say, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That’s good news! 

Let’s live each day intentionally recognizing our need for God’s forgiveness and the incredible cleansing he has provided through his Son, Jesus. Let our family relationships show off our restored condition. Let our workplace conversations reflect the light within us. Let our inward attitudes be centered around His righteousness.

Prayer for today: Lord God, thank you for cleansing us of our unrighteousness. Thank you for taking the necessary steps to bring us into relationship with you. Help us to have the honesty and integrity of recognizing the sin in our lives and moving to take action against it. Amen.

“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    O 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.”

I actually got away with it. It took work... but after some quick thinking, I was in the clear. I’ll start at the beginning. Inspired by a Jean-Claude Van Dam movie, I spent the afternoon throwing knifes into a cardboard target down the long hall in my house. Much to my surprise (I’m a little obtuse sometimes), I found sizable holes all over the walls nearby. I immediately went to the kitchen to check the clock. “Only forty-five minutes until mom comes home,” I said to myself. “Challenge accepted!” Here’s how I covered up my mistake: to fill each hole, I used a dollop of white toothpaste. After letting that set, I found my mom’s makeup kit, complete with every shade of ‘brown wall’ I could possibly need! After shading each hole, I walked away from the disaster, not to speak of it again, until we were long gone from that house!

It is delusion to think that we truly get away with our wrongdoing. In fact, the psalmist knows that judgment will inevitably come, and he celebrates that fact in Psalm 10:12-14: “12Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. 13Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”? 14But 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.” It is out of sinful self-preservation that we lie to ourselves by considering our sins secret or private. Even if they are not found out by men, we can be sure that, as the author of Ecclesiastes 12:14 says, “God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

This is not good news for those of us who sin. In fact, 1 John 1:8 says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” We’re all guilty of falling short of God’s perfect standard. However, the author goes on in 1 John 1:9 to say, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That’s good news! 

Let’s live each day intentionally recognizing our need for God’s forgiveness and the incredible cleansing he has provided through his Son, Jesus. Let our family relationships show off our restored condition. Let our workplace conversations reflect the light within us. Let our inward attitudes be centered around His righteousness.

Prayer for today: Lord God, thank you for cleansing us of our unrighteousness. Thank you for taking the necessary steps to bring us into relationship with you. Help us to have the honesty and integrity of recognizing the sin in our lives and moving to take action against it. Amen.

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