Read Psalm 10:12-18. 12Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. 13Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”? 14But 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. 15Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none. 16The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. 17O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear 18to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
If you’ve ever been the victim of injustice, then this prayer likely resonates with you. There’s a clear call for God to take action, but even before he does, there’s a clear faith that keeps breaking through. You DO see. You HAVE BEEN the helper of the fatherless. God has proven his faithfulness through the years to David and now David will return the favor. He commits himself to God in sweet abandon. He will trust God no matter what the wicked say.
Why can we trust God today and every day? Because he hears our desires. He strengthens our hearts. He inclines his ear to those in need of justice. How do we know? Because in Christ, God became the afflicted, the oppressed, the terror stricken. Jesus is the final answer to David’s prayer for a forever king that brings justice to the earth.
To live is Christ is to know that Jesus became one of us, facing the same injustice, and conquering the injustice in our own hearts so that we might no longer be fatherless. So that we might commit our lives to the God who strengthens the heart.
Prayer. Jesus, you are my king. Strengthen my heart with your hope of your justice reigning over all the earth.
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