1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
5 His ways are always prosperous;
your laws are rejected by him;
he sneers at all his enemies.
6 He says to himself, "Nothing will ever shake me."
He swears, "No one will ever do me harm."
7 His mouth is full of lies and threats;
trouble and evil are under his tongue.
8 He lies in wait near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
9 like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, "God will never notice;
he covers his face and never sees."
12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
"He won't call me to account"?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.
16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that mere earthly mortals
will never again strike terror.
I don't know who wrote this Psalm, probably Dave.... whoever wrote it was rather angry... maybe feeling a bit helpless and confused. It is like he knows what God can do, God can do anything.... but he is confused that God is letting the wicked hunt down the weak. He asks God in verse one " Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?" ... then he talks about what the wicked do... and finally he doesn't ask, but tells God what to do. I have the impression that Dave is panicking!
I guess I relate to what Dave has written in this Psalm... countless times I have thought "Come on God, where are you? I need help" And then suddenly in panic I pray, except I don't ask God if He will help me, I tell God to help me. I think it is ok to tell God to help us... It seems bossy,,, but somehow I don't think it is wrong. The thing we must keep in mind is, God knows best, and we also must be patient.... and like Dave, remember that God hears the desire of the afflicted.