The three Psalms we read today show the up and down journey of the Christian walk. If you ever have moments of exultation one day and moments of doubt the next and then ponder if you are the only one of such highs and lows…the answer is you are not alone.
- Psalm 9:1, “I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders.”
- Psalm 10:1, “Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?”
- Psalm 11:1a, “In the Lord I take refuge…”
All three of these Psalms in some way address wickedness.
- The Psalmist rejoices over the destruction of sin in Psalm 9.
- He feels alone in the midst of the sin in Psalm 10.
- He trusts in the Lord to fight the battle against sin in Psalm 11.
Sin is largely forgotten about in our modern culture. Yes we have momentary aspects of sorrow over sin, but there is not this pathos and angst against the wickedness of the world as we see in the Psalms by and large. I could say it is because we are more desensitized than David or the other writers of the Psalms, but that is more of an excuse than anything. After all David wasn’t even allowed to build the temple as he was a man with too much blood on his hands from all the wars he waged. Yet he did not delight in violence he understood that this too was due to wickedness, “And the one who loves violence His soul hates.” (11:5b)
Sin is largely forgotten about in our modern culture, maybe these Psalms can remind us of just how much the Christian heart should oppose the wickedness in this world.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Job 7 & 8