Monday, August 16, 2010

He'll Get You While You Are Down...

Psalm 10
  Why standest Thou afar off, O LORD? Why hidest Thou Thyself in times of trouble?
 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor; let them be caught in the devices that they have contrived.  
 3For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous whom the LORD abhorreth.   
 4The wicked, in 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 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.   
 13Why doth the wicked contemn God? He hath said in his heart, "Thou wilt not keep account."   
 14But Thou 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 until Thou find none.   
 16The LORD is King for ever and ever; the heathen have 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.

Why is it that when we are having trouble or in the midst of a storm, we say that God has moved?  If God stays the same forever, then could He move?  I don't think so.  I think that we move constantly.  We go from one extreme to another, always on the go, our minds circling around each theory and idea trying to figure things out.  When we are assaulted daily by family, friends, the media, and sometimes our own self, we just need to do the one move that can only make us stronger; get on our knees.

This chapter tells us that the enemy is like a lion, waiting to pounce on us and waiting to make sure we are at a low point and will be an easy prey.  He loves the weak and confused.  He loves that he can change their minds and make those who had some sense about them, loose it.  The enemy loves to play tricks and just when we think we have it all together, he pounces on us and tries to devour us.  That is the low point. 

Hopefully, you will have already been on your knees, running and jumping into God's arms, standing on his shoulders until you can see above the riff raff, and beyond what is blinding you.  God is there, he has not hidden from you.  As the poem Footprints in the Sand says, "
"My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."


  1. I am so thankful that God is not hidden from us (even when it may seem like it!!)!
    Thank-you for this reminder!

  2. Beautiful reminder. Love "Footprints in the Sand". I truly experienced that when my first husband died in an accident. Sometimes I could not even find the strength to pray other than calling out for Jesus to comfort me and He always, always did... and does.