Psalm 10 Commentary

Psalm 10 Commentary

Having declared the sovereign rule of God over all in chapter 9, David now turns to the conflict of facts on the ground. He cannot reconcile the fact of God’s sovereign and just rule against the havoc wreaked by the wicked. Such a government cannot expect to get any votes in an election! David is confused.

Not only does the wicked man cause pain and suffering to the weak and innocent, but he also raises his fist against the Sovereign God. His actions are a loud and public declaration that God doesn’t care. He says to himself, “God will never notice; He covers his face and never sees.” And they live in a world where they feel God will never call them to account.

David’s reaction is a prayer to the Creator God to intervene and help the helpless. Let God arise and defend His name. Let the evildoer account for his wickedness.

This is instructive. The saint can look at his own world with the same conflicts as David’s world. The way of the wicked appears prosperous. You are left wondering how you can survive in such a world. Truth and integrity no longer matter. They are a liability if anything. But there is God on the other side constantly directing that we live truthfully and trustingly towards each other. You can only expect more pain. Let it not end there. We can pray to the LORD for help. We can pray to the LORD for relief from the yoke of sin. We can petition Heaven for the finger of God against wickedness.

The LORD answers prayer.

Then the psalmist declares: the nations will perish from God’s land. Now we know this is a future event but the LORD does intervene from time to time to bring relief to His own. So the church remains under the constant care of Heaven. The LORD offers encouragement and listens to the cry of the afflicted. Mere earthly mortals are wrong, after all.  God is good and so at all times.

And this remains true: “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” Deuteronomy 32 verse 4

More resources visit

Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: