|“Break the arm of the wicked and evil |
man; call him to account for his
wickedness that would not be found out.”
Looking around in our present world it often appears that evil is winning. There is so much corruption and evil prevailing around us that it is easy to lose sight of the fact that God is still in charge. We can become quite easily discouraged by the coarseness of our society and the godless ways in which people treat each other.
Then, of course, there is the hyper-sexuality, drug addiction, broken marriages, damaged families, hurtful relationships, corruption in government, and a host of other problems that seem to plague our age.
In the time of great distress where the prevalence of evil seems almost overwhelming, it is appropriate to turn to God and share with Him the sorrow we feel. That is exactly what the Psalmist did, as recorded in Psalm 10. This is his lament that begins:
Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.
Having poured out his lament to God, the Psalmist seems to become buoyed in his spirit and transitions to a prayer for justice that includes these words from Psalm 10:15:
Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out.
We may not always feel comfortable praying such a prayer. But, we could also say, “Good enough for the Psalmist, good enough for us.”
Of course, we want to pray for the salvation of all those who seem consumed by evil. Yet, when God does act to bring justice, we should not be at all surprised.
As we begin a new day, let’s not forget that God remains in charge of all things. He also is a holy God and a God of justice.
While He does extend mercy to those ones He draws to Himself, He also metes out justice to those who persist in evil. It’s important for us to not be surprised when God does act, even if His justice may seem harsh to some. He will, from time to time, remind all people that He is all-powerful and holy.