Some bible scholars believe that Psalms 9 & 10 may have been a single poem that was later divided. This is a Psalm of lament; the writer is speaking of his desire to be delivered from his enemies. This Psalm is a complaint that God has failed to act when he may have been expected to.
When we feel that God is far off then that is the time to take our prayers to the Lord. In our present world it can often feel that the weak are caught in a trap of despair and yet the wicked just carry on. The wicked assume that God does not care about us, but we know that God does hear our prayers and the helpless will get their rights and their persecutors will stop. As 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (NIV) tells us: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”
We are encouraged by the Psalms to pray in faith for Gods divine intervention so that the weak will be defended, and the power of the wicked will be ended. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:44-45 (NIV)
“But I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”
We are all sinners in this world and God knows this. Just because he may seem far off and we think he doesn’t notice: he does, he is all knowing! So, who are we to complain about the wicked in the world? The wicked that are being described in this Psalm may not have always been so. As they have become more successful and wealthier, they may have become more arrogant and so believed that they could live above the law. The less wealthy people may have become bitter and jealous and feel that God must favour the wealthy. When people become proud, they are no longer looking to God for guidance. When we turn away from sin and welcome God into our lives, he shows us our true selves and pride has nowhere to hide.
My Lord God: I pray that whenever you feel far off, I will remember that I am never alone. You know me: totally and completely. I am not abandoned: you have promised to be with me in times of trouble and I thank you that you are with me right now. I love you. Amen.