READ Psalm 10:12–18.
12 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, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. 15 Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out.
16 The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.
Read the psalm portion twice slowly. Then ask three questions and write out your answers:
▪️Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
🔹This morning I praise You Father for being so many things to so many people, so many times through any given day. You are our defender, our counselor, helper to the fatherless, your are our listening King, our encourager. Thank you!
▪️Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
🔹I repent of having lack of perspective, the whole “the LORD is King forever and ever” – help me to see further down the road. I get caught up in today’s troubles and God becomes to small, so small I fail to call on Him. But when I glance at eternity it is today’s troubles that seem small.
▪️Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
🔹I aspire to have gospel eyes, the eyes of Jesus. I aspire to have a heart that seeks redemption over revenge, a heart that seeks reconciliation over retaliation, a heart that seeks restoration over rage.
Once you have answered these three questions, you have your own meditation on the psalm. Now read the meditation in the book and incorporate its insights into your journal notes. Finally, turn your meditation—already categorized as adoration, confession, and aspiration—into personal prayer, using the provided “on-ramp” prayer as well. This will take you into the deep level of wisdom and insight the psalms can provide. – Excerpt From: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus.“
ENCOURAGEMENT. This second half of the psalm shows us a man who never gets the “why?” questions answered (verse 13) yet who trusts God completely. While the day of justice may be still in the future, the promise of encouragement is in the present, if we look to him. How can we trust him now if we still see oppression reigning? Christians know he so loves the helpless (verse 12), grief-stricken (verse 14), and oppressed (verse 18) that he literally became one of them and “by oppression and judgment he was taken away” (Isaiah 53:3–8). So commit yourself to him.
Prayer: Lord, the world is filled with so many tragedies and injustices! I wish I knew the “why” behind so many things. But despite appearances and what I see from my extremely limited vantage point, you have never wronged anyone. Help me trust your wisdom and give my heart the encouragement and strength that only you can give. Amen… Give me gospel eyes…“Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, so that I may see Jesus—and as I begin seeing Jesus more clearly, help me see everything else from his perspective. Help me to see people with gospel eyes” – “expand my vision beyond my story to your larger story of redemption and restoration” (from Everyday Prayers)