Have you ever noticed the number of Psalms that bemoan the tyranny of the wicked? Some of us ladies have been studying the third book of the Psalms which are Psalms 73-89. Most of these are pleas for God to intervene on behalf of the oppressed, for His glory.
My frequent prayer is that God would cause me to love what He loves and hate what He hates–I especially want to hate the sin in my own heart and love self-denial and saying yes to what He wants–because Proverbs 8:13 says, “The fear of the Lord is the hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.” God faithfully works in my own life, to discipline me and make me love Him more, but He also answers by showing small glimpses of the great evil that is in the world.
I know only a small part of the schemes of the evil one, but what I know is overwhelming and paralyzing–except for one thing: God is Sovereign. He does not forget the poor and needy and He will judge the wicked. I am thankful that I have been studying the Psalms at the same time the Lord has shown me some of the evil things that are going on around me. That is by His design, I am sure.
The Psalms are full of the prayers of men who hate what God hates and love what He loves. It is okay to be outraged against the wicked who oppress the humble. But we are not to take judgment into our own hands. We are to follow the psalmist’s example to pray fervently and ask God to work.
That is really what this post is about. A reminder to pray. I forget, as I go about my day, to pray for those who are in trouble. I don’t want to forget. Lord, make me faithful. One aspect of our praying ought to be to ask how we can be a part of His answer. James 1:27 says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
I will close with Psalm 9. I especially want to highlight verses 19 – 20:
“Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before You! Put them in fear, O Lord! Let the nations know that they are but men!”
1 To the Chief Musician. To the tune of ‘Death of the Son.’ F10 A Psalm of David. I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. 3 When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence. 4 For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the throne judging in righteousness. 5 You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever. 6 O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; Even their memory has perished. 7 But the Lord shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment. 8 He shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. 9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. 10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people. 12 When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble. 13 Have mercy on me, O Lord! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death, 14 That I may tell of all Your praise In the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation. 15 The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught. 16 The Lord is known by the judgment He executes; The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Meditation. F11 Selah 17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God. 18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten; The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. 19 Arise, O Lord, Do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged in Your sight. 20 Put them in fear, O Lord, That the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah (NKJV)