Driven by Deep Prayer

Wednesday, February 5
Psalm 10

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The tragic irony of the prosperity of the wicked and the persecution of the innocent haunt the psalmist. The first verse begins with an outright complaint to God about God’s distance in times of trouble. Ten of the next seventeen verses of the psalm cite example after example of injustices that cry to heaven for vengeance.

However negative and complaining is the psalm, at a deeper level, it is driven by intercession. Profound intimacy binds the psalmist to God, no matter what. In fact, in verse 12, the inventory of evil results in an immense shout of intercession with confidence in God’s response. Feel the flow of assurance that completes the psalm. May your prayer today be driven by the inner energy and depth of this psalm.

The Reading for Today
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Rise, O Lord, lift up Your hand. v. 12
The helpless commit to You. v. 14
You are king forevermore. v.16
You hear the wants of the meek. v. 17

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One thought on “Driven by Deep Prayer

  1. Psalm 10 is like the First and Second Steps in Twelve Step recovery groups: life unmanageable in the presence of all that is coming against the psalmist. His description of evil, however, is addressed to God from verse 1. His awareness of the very presence of God allows him to face the reality of evil more fully. He knows through every verse, that God is more powerful than evil.

    With verse 12, there is a return to addressing God—this time with an imperative, challenges to an affirmations about God. He refuses to believe that evil has the last word. Job and his so called friends, however, would argue with these affirmations: are they true?

    Verse 17 is one of great faith and surrender to the power of God, by relinquishing one’s own power. “The meek shall inherit the earth” (Matt 5:5). The earth’s millionaires and billionaires are sorely tempted to trust in the power of money. The meek allow the energy of the world to pass through them and move on—all the energy: even the energy of evil. They know that the earth already belongs to them as a gift from God.


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