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Psalm 10

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies


Why, O L ord, do you stand far off?

Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?


In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor—

let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.



For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,

those greedy for gain curse and renounce the L ord.


In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, “God will not seek it out”;

all their thoughts are, “There is no God.”



Their ways prosper at all times;

your judgments are on high, out of their sight;

as for their foes, they scoff at them.


They think in their heart, “We shall not be moved;

throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.”



Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;

under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.


They sit in ambush in the villages;

in hiding places they murder the innocent.


Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;


they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;

they lurk that they may seize the poor;

they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.



They stoop, they crouch,

and the helpless fall by their might.


They think in their heart, “God has forgotten,

he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”



Rise up, O L ord; O God, lift up your hand;

do not forget the oppressed.


Why do the wicked renounce God,

and say in their hearts, “You will not call us to account”?



But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,

that you may take it into your hands;

the helpless commit themselves to you;

you have been the helper of the orphan.



Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;

seek out their wickedness until you find none.


The L ord is king forever and ever;

the nations shall perish from his land.



O L ord, you will hear the desire of the meek;

you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear


to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,

so that those from earth may strike terror no more.

The Psalmist confirms these statements in the next verse, where he tells us that the persons of whom he speaks are fully persuaded in their hearts that they are beyond all danger of change. He saith in his heart, I shall not be moved from generation to generation The ungodly often pour forth proud language to this effect. David, however, only touches the hidden ulcer of their vile arrogance, which they cherish in their own breasts, and therefore he does not say what they speak with their mouth, but what they persuade themselves of in their hearts. It may here be asked, Why does David blame in others what he professes concerning himself in so many places? 210210     Psalm 3:7; 23:4; 27:3, etc. Fr. for trusting to the protection of God, he courageously triumphs over all dangers. 211211     “Il ose dire hardiment qu’il ne redoute nuls dangers et les desfie tous.” — Fr. “He courageously declares that he is not afraid of any dangers, and defies them all.” And surely it becomes the children of God effectually to provide for their safety, so that, although the world should a hundred times fall into ruins, they may have the comfortable assurance that they will remain unmoved. The answer to this question is easy, and it is this, The faithful promise themselves security in God, and no where else; and yet while they do this, they know themselves to be exposed to all the storms of affliction, and patiently submit to them. There is a very great difference between a despiser of God who, enjoying prosperity today, is so forgetful of the condition of man in this world, as through a distempered imagination to build his nest above the clouds, and who persuades himself that he shall always enjoy comfort and repose, 212212     “Et se fait a croire qu’il sera tousjours a son aise et repos.” — Fr. — there is a very great difference between him and the godly man, who, knowing that his life hangs only by a thread, and is encompassed by a thousand deaths, and who, ready to endure any kind of afflictions which shall be sent upon him, and living in the world as if he were sailing upon a tempestuous and dangerous sea, nevertheless, bears patiently all his troubles and sorrows, and comforts himself in his afflictions, because he leans wholly upon the grace of God, and entirely confides in it. 213213     “Toutesfois pource qu’il s’appuye du tout sur la grace de Dieu, et s’y confie, porte patienment toutes molestes et ennuis et se console en ses afflictions.” — Fr. The ungodly man says, I shall not be moved, or I shall not shake for ever; because he thinks himself sufficiently strong and powerful to bear up against all the assaults which shall be made upon him. The faithful man says, What although I may happen to be moved, yea, even fall and sink into the lowest depths? my fall will not be fatal, for God will put his hand under me to sustain me. By this, in like manner, we are furnished with an explanation of the different effects which an apprehension of danger has upon the good and the bad. Good men may tremble and sink into despondency, but this leads them to flee with all haste to the sanctuary of God’s grace; 214214     “Se retirent de bonne heure vers la grace de Dieu pour se mettre au sauvete comme en un lien de refuge et asseurance.”— Fr. “Betake themselves with all haste to the grace of God, to put themselves in safety as in a place of refuge and security.” whereas the ungodly, while they are affrighted even at the noise of a falling leaf, 215215     “Au bruit des fueilles qui tombent des arbres.” — Fr. “At the noise of leaves falling from the trees.” and live in constant uneasiness, endeavor to harden themselves in their stupidity, and to bring themselves into such a state of giddy frenzy, that being, as it were, carried out of themselves, they may not feel their calamities. The cause assigned for the confidence with which the prosperous ungodly man persuades himself that no change shall come upon him is, because he is not in adversity This admits of two senses. It either means, that the ungodly, because they have been exempted from all calamity and misery during the past part of their life, entertain the hope of a peaceful and joyful state in the time to come; or it means, that through a deceitful imagination they exempt themselves from the common condition of men; just as in Isaiah, (Isaiah 28:15) they say,

“When the overflowing scourge shall pass through,
it shall not come upon us.”

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