A Disturbing Aspect of Wickedness

I’m going to look at the second part of Psalm 10 today. Yesterday I mentioned that we would work through a couple of psalms this week as my sermon content last week we very similar to the previous week that I already blogged about.  So here we go…

David continues with his description of the wicked. Let’s read Psalm 10:8-11: He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
In the secret places he murders the innocent;
His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless. 9 He 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. 11 He has said in his heart,
“God has forgotten;
He hides His face;
He will never see.”

I see a common thread that runs through this description of the “wicked”. Do you see it? We find this common thread in words like “secret places”, “secretly fixed”, “lies in wait secretly”, “draws him into his net”, “lies low”, “He will never see me”. It seems that the emphasis on the wicked here is the secrecy, the deception. That’s what wickedness thrives on. It thrives on being in the dark. Wickedness thrives on pretending to be something that it is not. Wickedness never comes out into the light on its own.

We do well to understand this aspect of wickedness. We do well to understand that wickedness lurks around the corner. It cannot stand on its own merit. Are there any “dark corners” in your life where wickedness waits that quite honestly, you just should not “go to”? Are there people in your life that you might only need to have a relationship with where there is “plenty of light”?  Don’t fall into the trap of wickedness. Turn on the light…take someone with you on the journey.


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