God’s Vengeance-Psalm 10:12-18

Psalm 10:12-18 “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, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. 15 Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out. 16 The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. 17 You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, 18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.”

Salmo 10:12-18 «Ergiti, o Signore! O Dio, alza la tua mano! Non dimenticare i miseri.13 Perché l’empio disprezza Dio? Perché dice in cuor suo: «Non ne chiederà conto?»14 Invece tu hai visto; poiché tu guardi la malvagità e l’oppressione per poi ripagare con la tua mano. A te si abbandona il misero; tu sei il sostegno dell’orfano.15 Spezza il braccio dell’empio e del malvagio; chiedi conto della sua empietà, finché tu non ne trovi più.16 Il Signore è re in eterno; le nazioni sono state sterminate dalla sua terra.17 O Signore, tu esaudisci il desiderio degli umili; tu fortifichi il cuor loro, porgi il tuo orecchio 18 per rendere giustizia all’orfano e all’oppresso, affinché l’uomo, che è fatto di terra, cessi d’incutere spavento.»

In the minds of many people, taking vengeance is a quality that is admired as an argument for justice. As a Christian, are there times when we can act as judge and exact judgment in the form of vengeance when the “means justifies the end”? We all could make a list of wrongs committed against us (Of course, we never think of ourselves as being the aggressor!) but fighting our own case can really make things difficult. This Psalm paints a picture of many injustices but offers a different outlook.

The solution is to call on God for justice. His response is not administered with emotional attachments. The Psalmist pleads his case before God based on three truths. First, God is a God of action. “Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God…” (v. 12). His power can crush the wicked in an instant or break the power of the oppressor by His mighty hand. Second, “But you, O God, do see…” (v. 14). Just because things haven’t changed yet, doesn’t mean that God is not watching. He will exact justice when the time is right. Third, “The Lord is King…” (v. 16). David was secure in the fact that God was in control and had the last word to the people and nations that opposed him and his people. Although vengeance might be your first response in facing oppressive situations, learn to be patient and allow God’s solutions to guide your life.

Pray with me: Lord, I know that I am helpless to defend myself against a stronger power. Help me to remember that You will plead my case as I trust You to fight my battles.



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