Psalm 10:1-18

Psalm 10 is not only a prayer for rescue from the attacks of unscrupulous men, but it is also a formula for prayer for dealing with the problems of life. It comes in three parts …

In the first part (1-11) the psalmist describes the situation as he sees it. And it is a picture of a world where evil men seem to have the upper hand and who seem to be constantly thumbing their noses at God. As a consequence, for the writer, everything was going wrong, and he details all that he is suffering.

In the second part (12-15) he appeals to God for help. But in doing so, he is not frightened of telling God how he feels. He is even free to suggest to God what should happen to his enemies. However, he doesn’t seek revenge himself, he looks to God to do that.

And in the third part (16-18), having expressed his feelings, he continues as though the problem had never existed. And why does the Psalm end like that? Because he has confidence that God has everything in hand.

Psalm 10, then, gives us a formula for when things go wrong. Indeed, it suggests that it is alright to tell God what he already knows, and that it’s alright to express our feelings in prayer. However, when all that is done, it also suggests that the right attitude is to then leave the matter totally in God’s hands (which is not an easy thing to do).

This psalm, then, is a formula for healthy living. And one we would well to apply to ourselves, particularly when we find ourselves in difficulties too.

Posted: 24th March 2018
© 2018, Brian A Curtis