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When I Look At The Wicked (Psalm 10)

I am surrounded by unbelievers.  At my work, I am the only Christian that I know of.  I hope I am wrong (Romans 11:4).  The men that I work with are greedy, lustful, vile, cursing, blasphemous, and full of hatred.  They can be nice at times and I enjoy working with them but they are not disciples of Jesus at all.  While they would not claim to hate God with their mouths, they hate Him with their lives. They are what Stephen Charnock described as “practical atheists” who live their lives without every thinking about God though they know that they will face Him when they die (Hebrews 9:27).

In our society, it seems the sinful and wicked are living it up.  It is easy to look around and see the blasphemous walking around, living their lives to the fullest, and never considering God.  Their lives are full of sin, of their own desires, of seeking pleasure.  They do everything with an eye on themselves.  Even when disaster strikes and they seek to do just a little good toward other humans, their efforts are tainted by their own pride and self-glorification.  They do want to honor God nor give thought to Him just as Romans 1:21 reads.

And yet the wicked seem to live comfortable lives while the righteous struggle.  In fact, I have personally known people who claimed Christ and have abandoned faith in Him because it seemed their life with Christ was without joy and full of misery.  They saw the wicked prospering and that the wicked were having fun in this life and they wanted that.  They abandoned faith in Christ for the sins of this world.  They know 2 Peter 2:20-22 but they would rather have a little fun, enjoy the sinful pleasures of this life than to focus on eternity.  Like Demas in 2 Timothy 4:10, they love this present world.

Psalm 10 speaks to us who are seeking righteousness.  Psalm 10 is perfect for our day because how often have I also looked at the wicked and it seemed they were living carefree, fun, amazing, joyful lives that was full of sin.  I read 2 Timothy 3:1-5 and the wicked I see are fulfilling this but yet their lives are not marked by any suffering, no judgment, and they seemed to not have a care in this world.  Like Psalm 10:4, they seem to have no thought about God at all.  God is the last thing on their minds (or so it seems).

When the righteous focus in on the wicked, we do just what the psalmist does in Psalm 10:1-11 and we see the carefree lives of the wicked and we are discouraged.  How can the wicked prosper while the righteous suffer?  How can this vile person who curses the name of the Lord live such a joyful life?  The wicked around us live their lives just as Psalm 10:11 states.  They think God will not see nor judge them and if there is a God, He will love them and let them into His eternal bliss simply because they are human and He knows this.

Yet for the righteous, we continue in Psalm 10 down to verses 12-18 and here we finally see the end of the wicked.  The judgment of God will come.  The wicked will perish.  Obviously, I don’t want them to perish in their sins.  I want the wicked to repent as does the Lord (Ezekiel 18:30-32; 2 Peter 3:9).  God has sent His one and only Son to die for our sins and all can repent or perish (Acts 17:30-31).  The wicked needs to see the goodness of God in letting them live in spite of their sins (Romans 2:4).  The will of God is for the wicked to repent and embrace the Lord Jesus as their only hope for salvation from their sins (1 Timothy 2:4-6).  Psalm 10:12-18 shows that the Lord will vindicate His children.  God will show Himself strong in the end.  The wicked are allowed to continue in their sins for now but a time will come when they will either die or the world will end but either way, they will not find joy forever.  The wicked will suffer God’s righteous judgment (Psalm 10:16-18).

I rejoice that I am washed in the blood of Jesus.  The blood alone is my answer for my sins (Ephesians 1:7).  Jesus bore my sins on the cross and He is my Lord and Savior.  I want the wicked to know this.  I want the wicked to repent and turn from their sins (Luke 13:5).  The wicked falsely believe that they have joy.  Acts 3:19-20 promises us true joy when we repent.  The joy for the disciple of Christ comes from the Holy Spirit who lives in us (Galatians 5:22-23) and this joy is not based on circumstances or upon how people treat us.  Our joy, the joy of knowing Christ, the joy of having Him abide in us, the joy of knowing that we will see Him face to face and stand in awe of His glory when we die – this joy is not based on this world.  This joy cannot be taken from us by what happens to us.  Our joy is found in Jesus and we delight in knowing, loving, worshiping, and serving Him.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/21/2013 at 10:10 AM

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