Complaints – No fair – whining
1 O Lord, why do you stand so far away?
Why do you hide when I am in trouble?
2 The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.
Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.
We ask why and then tell God what we would do.
3 For they brag about their evil desires;
they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.
We complain! And tell God how we see the enemy!
4 The wicked are too proud to seek God.
They seem to think that God is dead.
The Psalmist tells God the character of his enemy.
5 Yet they succeed in everything they do.
They do not see your punishment awaiting them.
They sneer at all their enemies.
The Psalmist sees them succeeding and
cannot wait for God to smack them.
6 They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us!
We will be free of trouble forever!”
The Psalmist is telling God what the enemy is thinking. almost enjoying imagining what will happen to them.
7 Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats.
Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.
The psalmist dwelling on what they say.
8 They lurk in ambush in the villages,
waiting to murder innocent people.
They are always searching for helpless victims.
The psalmist thinking about what they are doing.
9 Like lions crouched in hiding,
they wait to pounce on the helpless.
Like hunters, they capture the helpless
and drag them away in nets.
Now the psalmist is imagining whom they are like
10 Their helpless victims are crushed;
they fall beneath the strength of the wicked.
One moment they are saying God will take care of them,
and now they are proclaiming the wicked are strong.
11 The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us!
He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!”
The psalmist knows God is watching, and you can read how excited the
psalmist is getting about the punishment that will happen.
12 Arise, O Lord!
Punish the wicked, O God!
Do not ignore the helpless!
Now the psalmist is telling God what to do.
13 Why do the wicked get away with despising God?
They think, “God will never call us to account.”
14 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.
faith peeks through, barely
15 Break the arms of these wicked, evil people!
Go after them until the last one is destroyed.
Oops back to complaining and telling God what to do
16 The Lord is king forever and ever!
The godless nations will vanish from the land.
Throwing another faith statement in there, but has to throw one more
jab about the wicked.
17 Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.
Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
Now it sounds like the psalmist is not so sure God will help.
18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,
so mere people can no longer terrify them.
The psalmist ends his little temper tantrum with the Statement “You will!”
Interesting, isn’t it? This is the kind of prayer we pray so much.
- This psalm is actually a question asking why people get away with so much. V1
- opinion is wrong people succeed. V5
- telling God what to do V2,12
- Imaginings of all the things that will happen when God finally takes action. V6-11
- A few statements added to remind God who he is and what he can doV14,16
- Many pray in complaints.
- And in this psalm (prayer) God is silent
Simply you matter,
Even when we complain,