Psalm 10

One cannot go through life without having to deal with evil in the form of two-faced people.  It’s just part of the human condition to experience it.  The O’Jays sang about such persons in their 1972 song, Backstabbers: 
(What they do!)
(They smile in your face)
All the time they want to take your place
The back stabbers (back stabbers)
(They smile in your face)
All the time they want to take your place.
 
            The psalmist knew such people all too well.  “They curse and tell lies, and all they think about is how to be cruel or how to do wrong.”  Outwardly they feign friendship while inwardly they sneer and plot how to destroy.  But the reality is that God sees all of it, both inside and out.  And God will act.
 
            Meanwhile, until God dispenses his will on both the evil and the good, the righteous remain hopeful and confident that their cries are being heard and that divine protection will prevail.  “You listen to the longings of those who suffer.  You offer them hope, and you pay attention to their cries for help.”
 
            It was the Apostle Paul who said: “Don’t let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good” (Romans 12:21).  The way to face down the presence of hard-hearted people is to:  1) cry out to God in prayer; and, 2) not be passive or take revenge, but actively work for good.  If we can encourage one another with these two things, it will go a long way toward spreading God’s kingdom in our communities.
 

 

            Just God, you defend those who are vulnerable and in need.  You will act so that no one on earth can terrify others again.  Shoo the bullying ways of Satan away in order for your benevolent kingdom to take root in the church and the world for the sake of Jesus.  Amen.

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