Praying the Psalms: Wed, 11 Jul – Psalm 10 ~ Punish the wicked, O God!

Praying the Psalms

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Morning Reading: Psalm 10 (NLT)

O Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I am in trouble?

The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor. Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others. For they brag about their evil desires; they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.

The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead. Yet they succeed in everything they do. They do not see your punishment awaiting them. They sneer at all their enemies. They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us! We will be free of trouble forever!”

  • Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats.
  • Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.
  • They lurk in ambush in the villages, waiting to murder innocent people.
  • They are always searching for helpless victims. Like lions crouched in hiding, they wait to pounce on the helpless. Like hunters they capture the helpless and drag them away in nets.
  • Their helpless victims are crushed; they fall beneath the strength of the wicked.

The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us! He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!”

Arise, O Lord! Punish the wicked, O God! Do not ignore the helpless! Why do the wicked get away with despising God? They think, “God will never call us to account.” But you see the trouble and grief they cause. You take note of it and punish them. The helpless put their trust in you. You defend the orphans.

Break the arms of these wicked, evil people! Go after them until the last one is destroyed. The Lord is king forever and ever! The godless nations will vanish from the land. Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them.

Morning Prayer

Righteous God: Hear the cries of the helpless, and bring justice to the orphans and oppressed. Punish the wicked –

  • They imagine themselves to be above all restraint, above the Law.
  • They boast in their evil ways and are accountable to no one.
  • They feel secure in their positions of power and authority.
  • They are full of deceit and and violence against the innocent.
  • They are cruel and ravenous; they believe that you don’t care.
  • They despise you, O Lord, and defile your name.

Righteous God: You are the hope of the helpless and the defender of the forlorn; do not disappoint them. Free them from all terror and violence –

  • For you are King for ever and ever, nothing can overturn your will.
  • For the triumph of your righteousness is a forgone conclusion.

Righteous God: Finish the good work you have begun as we await for your coming in power – to destroy all wickedness and establish your Kingdom, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

On This Troubled Day (Psalm 10) – The Shiyr Poets

Why | Do you stand?
So far away | Why?
Why | Would you hide?
On this troubled day | Why?

The wicked in pride pursuing the weak
Catch them in the schemes they devise
The wicked boasting ‘There is no God’
Let their own words condemn them
Let their own words condemn them

Arise | Lord my God
Lift up your hand | Arise
Don’t | Forget the humble
Who dwell in the land | Don’t forget

The wicked despising God in their heart
Thinking no one can judge them
But You see it all and You will repay
The godless people will perish
The nations without You vanish

You know the hopes of all the poor
You answer their cries with comfort
Justice will come for fatherless ones
Bringing an end to oppression
You bring to an end oppression

The Lord reigns as king forevermore
As king for all time

No | No no more
Will mortal man | Terrify your own
No | No no more | No no more

Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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