Arise O Lord!
This Psalm is a call to God
Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?
Why do You hide in times of trouble?
We've all had times of trouble where it feels like God is far away and oblivious to our problems.
During those times, we need to intentionally override our feelings and stand strong on God's words:
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
Psalm 145:18 NKJV
2 The wicked in his pride [a] persecutes the poor;
Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.
3 For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire;
[b] He blesses the greedy and renounces the Lord.
4 The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;
[c] God is in none of his thoughts.
NKJV Footnotes at the bottom of the page.
The psalmist is analyzing the situations
he sees every day
trying to make sense of it all.
The wicked appear to be in control
with no fear of God's intervention.
I've seen these kinds of people, and I believe you have too.
5 His ways [d] are always prospering;
Your judgments are far above, out of his sight;
As for all his enemies, he sneers at them.
We've all seen the wicked prosper.
We've all wondered:
Why, God, do you allow the wicked to prosper?
Consider visiting our Psalm 73 page
for answers and insights into that question.
6 He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
I shall never be in adversity.”
Here the psalmist is describing the pride of the wicked.
They think that no one can
touch them, or stop them.
They think they are invincible.
They feel powerful and utterly unstoppable.
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The psalmist is commenting
on wicked people who
that they are
smarter and stronger
than anyone who would be against them.
This is terribly frustrating for the psalmist,
that God could stop them in a moment.
The psalmist continues describing these wicked people
in the next verse. . .
7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.
Verse 7 describes the results of a wicked heart.
The things that are inside their wicked hearts
into their speech.
Luke 6:45 highlights this concept:
"A good man produces good deeds
from a good heart.
And an evil man produces evil deeds
from his hidden wickedness.
Whatever is in the heart
overflows into speech."
Luke 6:45 TLB
8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
In the secret places he murders the innocent;
His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.
9 He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den;
He lies in wait to catch the poor;
He catches the poor when he draws him into his net.
10 So he crouches, he lies low,
That the helpless may fall by his strength.
Here the wicked are described as enjoying the plotting and planning of their wicked deeds.
In this psalm, we read of their premeditated acts. We read about their joy of the anticipation of hurting the helpless and the weak.
In our current world,
we've all seen this played out in one way or another.
we have all experienced
our hearts grieving
over horrible wickedness
the weak and the helpless.
Sometimes it is VERY hard to view these atrocities.
But we need to be aware of these things
so we can pray and do what we can
for those who need our help.
11 He has said in his heart,
“God has forgotten;
He [God] hides His face;
He will never see.”
These wicked people
In the next verse,
- followers of God -
to God to
12 Arise, O Lord!
O God, lift up Your hand!
Do not forget the humble.
When we see great injustice,
we cry out-
"DO Something GOD!
Lord, you are on the throne of heaven.
- Stand up -
This idea of God arising off his throne
and doing something
is not just a human thought.
It is a picture clearly given to us from God
in the above verse
and other verses in the Bible.
God tells us to pray to him and say,
Let God arise,
let his enemies be scattered.
We cry out for the
Lion of Judah to
Psalm 10 ARISE God!
13 Why do the wicked renounce God?
He has said in his heart,
“You will not require an account.”
Verse 13 begins with a question and ends with the answer to that question...
Why does the wicked renounce God?
Because they believe that God will
for what they do.
The next verse builds on this verse.
14 But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief,
To repay it by Your hand.
The helpless commits [g] himself to You;
You are the helper of the fatherless.
In verse 14, the psalmist proclaims the truth
for all the world to read:
God sees ALL that the wicked do
AND HE WILL
make them pay.
The wicked should read the
Words of God
One day they will desperately wish they had.
Everyone in hell
wishes they had one more opportunity to
The psalmist reminds us
that unless these wicked people
truly repent of their sins
seek to follow the Lord,
they will pay heavily for their sins.
God IS the helper of the
fatherless, the weak, the helpless,
He is the father to all of us.
The key idea here is that
God WILL help us.
we need to WAIT on God.
After you finish this page,
consider our pages:
15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man;
Seek out his wickedness until You find none.
16 The Lord is King forever and ever;
The nations have perished out of His land.
17 Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will prepare their heart;
You will cause Your ear to hear,
18 To do justice
to the fatherless and the oppressed,
That the man of the earth may oppress no more.
Justice will come!
"I will arise and defend
the oppressed, the poor, the needy.
I will rescue them as they have longed for me to do."
Psalm 12:5 TLB
For the Lord loves justice;
And does not forsake His saints.
Psalm 37:28 NKJV
Arise [God] for our help,
and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.
Psalm 44:26 KJV
Arise O Lord; save me, O my God.
Psalm 3:7a KJV
Prayer for Justice
Thank you that your Word encourages me by telling me that you love justice.
Lord, look down on my situation and have mercy on me because of what others have done to me.
Release your Power and Authority on my behalf.
Turn topsy turvy the plans of the wicked against me.
Lord, come and show your justice in my life.
Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
But he [God] turns topsy turvy
the plans of the wicked.
Psalm 146:9b TLB
Note; There are lots of psalms that include the word "arise."
Consider our two pages on justice:
Wicked people are not our true problem.
Ephesians 6:12-13 NKJV says:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may
be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all,
God wants us to put on our armor and allow him to work through us for his glory.
Click here for Full Armor Pages
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Psalm 10 Arise was presented in May 2019.