Gay Christian Devotion

Psalm 10 (King James Version)

Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.

The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

Reflection

Feeling a bit blue, because the wicked seem to prosper at the expense of the good? You are not alone. The psalmist, the man who wrote so many wonderful songs of praise to the Lord, shared your feelings. In this pslam, he sounds discouraged, because there is so much injustice in the world and the wicked seem to prosper. The psalmist cries to God asking that the wicked be completely broken and defeated.

Anger is a very natural response to injustice and pain. The psalmist expressed that pain and anger in a way that does not hurt anybody - by writing a poem and by telling God how he feels. The key is to express our hurt in a way that does not harm people. Telling God how we feel is an important first step. Many people are also able to express their heart in art, music, poetry or creative writing. Those can be very safe outlets for personal pain and anger.