Psalms for Lent | Hope In Need

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STRUGGLING WITH PRIDE

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Psalm 10 | Hope in Need

Many churches from all denominations across the globe are entering into the season of Lent to prepare for Easter. Whether you observe LENT or not, it’s a season to prepare afresh to experience the death and resurrection of Christ. It’s a time to examine ourselves in relationship to others, turn from sin afresh, and ready ourselves for action toward the cause of the fatherless, the widow and the orphan.

LENT is a time for worship and mission, and the Imprecatory (songs of injustice), and Lament (songs of grief) Psalms remind us not only to worship the Lord and trust him in our own sin, struggle, and injustice, but to engage and bring the redemption of the gospel to those in need. Enjoy our musical rendition of Psalm 10 that focuses on God as one who is our hope in need.

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The Lord writes songs for those who are experiencing anguish, fear, and for those who need healing on account of their own pride. The writer of Psalm 10 experiences the reality of the pride of life and expresses these feelings through song. Interestingly enough, the Psalmist, though they await God’s deliverance, notes that human pride not only vexes its victims but also imprisons and makes helpless those who remain in their pride.

Charles Spurgeon wrote this about the Psalmist struggles in Psalm 10:

To the tearful eye of the sufferer, the Lord seems to stand still, as if he calmly looks on, and does not sympathize with his afflicted ones. Nay, more, the Lord appears to be afar off, no longer “a very present help in trouble,” but an inaccessible mountain, into which no man would be able to climb. The presence of God is the joy of his people, but any suspicion of his absence is distracting beyond measure. Let us, then, ever remember that the Lord is near us. The refiner is never far from the mouth of the furnace when his gold is in the fire, and the Son of God is always walking in the midst of the flames when his holy children are cast into them. Yet he that knows the frailty of man will little wonder that when we are sharply exercised, we find it hard to bear the apparent neglect of the Lord when he forbears to work our deliverance.[1]

Do you feel as if the Lord is hiding from you or those you love today? Do you feel the pride of your enemies is entrapping you, or even that your own pride won’t let you free? Download our new Album The Songs of the Forgotten, and sing these songs as prayers unto the Lord in hopes that he will assure you of his presence with you!

 

Psalm 10 | Why Do You Hide Yourself?

Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.

For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain curses[a] and renounces the Lord.

In the pride of his face[b] the wicked does not seek him;[c]
all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

His ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he puffs at them.

He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”

His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

He sits in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

    he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket;
he lurks that he may seize the poor;
he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

10 The helpless are crushed, sink down,
and fall by his might.

11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
forget not the afflicted.

13 Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless.

15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.

16 The Lord is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.

17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear

18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

 

Author: Dave Yauk

Dave Yauk is first a foremost a follower of Jesus. He is Husband to Katie, and Father to 4 wonderful children (Naomi, Jesse, Levi, and Analise). Dave's primary passion is to seek after Gods Glory in all things, and in his contribution you'll find he holds a passion for Theology and all things Beautiful as seen in the Creator, Creativity, Character and Culture. Dave has been privileged to do ministry in over 17 countries. This has been his primary means of education and learning as a follower of Jesus. However, Dave has also had the honor of getting a B.A. from Colorado Christian University in Organizational Management and Christian Leadership, a Master's in Divinity from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies from I.W.S. Dave owns the Garden City Project (an online collaborative marketplace for Christian artists and innovators), Finale School of Music, and teaches online guitar for Jamplay.com. He is also a Professor of Theology, Worship and Missiology at Visible Music College and Grand Canyon University.

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