Defending the Fatherless and the Oppressed

Recently I was reading in the Psalms specifically Psalm 10.   Reading it I thought of the current revelation of the powerful men in Hollywood who wielded their influence, power, and fame to seduce women.  The horrific power system which gives men the license to abuse women who are almost obliged to succumb to these men as a step in their attempt to advance of their careers.  This Psalm encapsulates the plight of these women and the describes the men who hurt them.

Lamenting the abuse of these women I thought of the fall.  That this is the result of the original sin where God says: “Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you.”  The system of women trapped in the realm of male dominance.  I thought of how women must take such effort to go out in public.  The make up, hair, clothes and how us men can “get away” with just throwing on anything before going out to the mall or church.

There is comfort in this Psalm which states that God: “does not forget the helpless”, “he sees trouble and grief”, and he: “breaks the arm of the wicked and evil man and calls him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out.”

This is why we need a savior.  This is why God stepped in and gave us Jesus, that though the devil will strike the heel of the savior he will crush his head (Genesis 3).

We still live in the Kingdom not yet fulfilled.  Sin is around us.  But, thanks be to God that he sees, and he steps into our lives to stop the works of the devil, he intervenes.  And he can heal our wounds.  He showed us by his life, death, and resurrection.  By the wounds on his side, hands, and feet that he overcame sin and death and can heal the most horrific situation.

Thanks be to God that he is present.


Why, Lord, do you stand far off?

    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
    who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
    he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
    in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
    your laws are rejected by[b] him;
    he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”

His mouth is full of lies and threats;
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
    like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
    they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;
    he covers his face and never sees.”

12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.


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