Sunday, March 11, 2007

Psalms Sunday #10

Psalm 10 (King James Version)

1Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
2The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
3For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
4The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
5His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
6He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
7His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
8He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
9He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
10He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
11He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
12Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
13Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
14Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
15Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
16The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.
17LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
18To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

In this Psalm about the wicked, verse 4 stands out to me. The wicked through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God; God is not in all his thoughts.

I think of all the decisions that I have made without consulting God first, and while I would never want to consider that it is because of pride, I'm not sure that it could be anything else. It is so easy to apply for a job based on a degree or make a decision about a purchase based on how much money we have, but why is it that we don't stop to consider what God has to say about it?

This verse has made me think of how important it is to allow God to take control of all things in our life and that not doing so is to allow our pride to take over. And we all know what the word of God says about pride.

According to Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before the fall. And isn't that what normally happens when we take matters into our own hands and choose not to consult God first?

So I am reminded of Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.

Aren't you thankful that God is willing to direct your paths if you just trust Him?
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  1. Liked your thoughts and Proverbs 16:18 is so right. Bless Him that He is willing to direct our paths and point us in the right direction, If only we consult Him first.
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  2. Great thoughts -- I couldn't think of much else to say for this chapter other than "Amen!" But you brought out a great application.

    Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

  3. I finally got my post up. Daylight savings kicked my butt this weekend. And I had fussy kids and a hubby who had to work all weekend long, so it was a tough day yesterday. Thanks for understanding.

    Thank you for the reminder to always seek God. I have already made some plans on how to spend some of our tax return..and I had not yet sought God about it.

  4. You know, that verse stood out to me too, though I ended up focussing more on the whole Psalm in what I wrote. Your thoughts and mine on this verse are pretty much alike. :)


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