THOUGHTS

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The Wicked Man!   

King David sang a beautiful song of confidence in God’s ultimate triumph over evil (Psalms 10)! The beauty of God’s just nature are seen in the conclusions of the song, note:  

Psalm 10:14-18 “But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief,
To repay it by Your hand.
The helpless commits himself to You;
You are the helper of the fatherless.
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.

 

However, it is the earlier portions of the song that we recognize the character of the wicked. These are those who will do everything in their power to oppose the nature that God has purposed for those who love Him. As we look at these characteristics, we ourselves can learn by the mirror effect (looking within each of us), if we have character flaws that need to be repaired. Here are the characteristics David shows us to avoid:

 

1.      Covetous –

The idolatry of things (money, power, lusts of the flesh, etc…).

Psalm 10:1-3Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?
Why do You hide in times of trouble?
2 The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor;
Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

3 For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire;
He blesses the greedy and renounces the Lord.”

 

2.     Proud –

These are the mighty and noble in their own mind.

Psalm 10:4-5The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;
God is in none of his thoughts.

5 His ways are always prospering;
Your judgments are far above, out of his sight;
As for all his enemies, he sneers at them.”

 

3.     Stubborn –

Completely satisfied in one’s own wisdom to the point of cementing one’s thoughts, and completely unwilling to yield to anyone or anything.

Psalm 10:6He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
I shall never be in adversity.””

 

4.     Profane –

One who is marked by contempt and irreverence for that which is pure or holy.

Psalm 10:7His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.”

 

5.     Hurtful –

This is one who seeks to cause injury, suffering, or damage.

Psalm 10:8He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
In the secret places he murders the innocent;
His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.”

 

6.     Deceptive –

This is the one who is marked by cunning, deviousness, underhandedness, and hypocrisy.

Psalm 10:9-10He 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.”

 

7.     Atheistic –

The heathen mindset of the superiority of self, which in turn creates the agnostic mind.

Psalm 10:11-13He has said in his heart,
“God has forgotten;
He hides His face;
He will never see.”

12 Arise, O Lord!
O God, lift up Your hand!
Do not forget the humble.
13 Why do the wicked renounce God?
He has said in his heart,
“You will not require an account.””

 

As we have looked at these characteristic traits; the problem with most of us, is that we gauge that we are in control of the majority of these. What we need to comprehend is that unless we are the ones who commit ourselves to the Lord in every component of our lives (Vs. 14), we leave within us trace elements of these characteristics.

Then, if left unchecked, or are allowed to remain, they begin to grow and consume us towards the assurance of God’s righteous judgments.

To this we must turn to the words of James in order to completely eradicate the trace elements out of us, note:

James 3:17-18But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

 

Be Humble, and Prepare Your Heart!