David complains about the power of wicked men in the nation. He pleads that God arise and punish them.
stand far off … hide yourself. These assertions are not true. God does not stand far off. He does not hide himself when we are in trouble. He is not uninterested. However, the Bible accurately records this prayer quite accurately, without necessarily approving or disapproving of it.
In arrogance. Wicked people are arrogant.
wicked hunt down the weak. Wicked people are vicious in their use of power.
the schemes that they devise. Wicked people are always scheming.
VERSE 3. For the wicked boasts of his heart’s cravings. He blesses the greedy, and condemns the LORD.
no room in his thoughts for God. God is not the center of a wicked person’s life. Rather, the wicked person is the center of their own lives. They see themselves as having godlike powers.
VERSE 5. His ways are prosperous at all times. He is arrogant, and your laws are far from his sight. As for all his adversaries, he sneers at them.
For generations I shall have no trouble. Wicked people are convinced that they can continue undisturbed in their prosperity. They cannot imagine misfortune coming their way.
VERSE 7. His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression. Under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.
VERSE 8. He lies in wait near the villages. From ambushes, he murders the innocent. His eyes are secretly set against the helpless.
lurks in secret. Wicked people lurk in secret to attack helpless people.
VERSE 10. The helpless are crushed. They collapse. They fall under his strength.
He hides his face. Many people imagine that God is distant and uncaring.
lift up your hand! God is asking God for vengeance.
condemn God. Wicked people speak abusively of God.
VERSE 14. But you do see trouble and grief. You consider it to take it into your hand. You help the victim and the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked. In those days, that expression meant “destroy their power.” David wants God to punish the wicked.
until you find none. David wants God to punish the wicked until nothing remains.
VERSE 16. The LORD is King forever and ever! The nations will perish out of his land.
the desire of the humble. David was confident that God would defend the afflicted and the needy against the tyranny of the wicked.
VERSE 18. to judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that man who is of the earth may terrify no more.
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