“Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?” Psalm 10:1
That’s the question most Christians think it’s true of them; Why do you hide when I need you the most?
But God has also the same question for you; why am I not in all your thoughts? Why do you look for me only when you’re in trouble?
“The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God : God is not in all his thoughts.” Psalm 10:4
Hang on pastor, I’m not at all wicked!
Apostle John said in 1 John 3:11-12, “For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.”
Also, Joseph said to his brothers,
“Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.” Genesis 50:19-21
You could also be a Christian who is morally wrong, as was Cain and Joseph’s brothers, and not to mention Demas. Paul says to Timothy,
“Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.” (2 Timothy 4:14-15). He says beware, because some have not the mind of Christ, which David here says is the Judgements of God. Yes we go to church together but with some “God is not in all their thoughts.”
Psalm 10:15 says, “Break the arms of these wicked men. Go after them until the last of them is destroyed.”
Certain words standout in this chapter which really are the arms of these wicked men ; contempt of God, murder, deceit, boasting, fraud and pride.
Why is pride a sin? Because it is self-worship, period.
The proud are so grossed with themselves that their thoughts are far from God: “In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God,” no room for others, even anyone’s opinion. It is pride which keeps many people from accepting Jesus as Christ. Admitting sin and acknowledging that in our own strength we can do nothing to inherit eternal life is a constant stumbling block for prideful people.
Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
We are not to boast about ourselves whatsoever; if we want to boast, then we are to do it to the glory of God. “For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.” (Psalm 10:3). Be careful who you side with – Never bless the covetous, whom the Lord abhors.
What we say about ourselves means nothing in God’s work. It is what God says about us that makes the difference (2 Corinthians 10:18).
The wicked – God is not in all his thoughts.
“His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.” Psalm 10:5
The wicked has eyes but see not. They don’t see how God’s judgement seems to be closing in for them also. “He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.” Psalm 10:11
- His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity, vs 7
- In the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor, vs 8
- He lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net, vs 9
- The wicked contemn God, saying he wilt not require it, vs 13
But remember God, will break the arm of the wicked and the evil man.
It’s true, God knows the hopes of humble people. He’ll surely hear their cries and comfort their hearts by means of helping them.
“Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.” Psalm 10:17-18
Now you know why God sometimes stands far off when we pray? Or, why he hides himself in times of your trouble? It’s because of what sometimes is called, “the uncircumcision of your flesh.” Isaiah 59:2 says, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” Acts 3:19-21