I am still stuck on Psalm 10. Yesterday I asked you to find a common thread that runs through David’s description of wickedness in Psalm 10:8-11. The thread yesterday was deceit or secrecy. But there is another common thread in the description. Here are the verses…see if you can see it: 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.”
Do you see it? I’ll give you a hint. Note how David describes the “victims” of wickedness…now do you see it? Here are the words that David uses to describe the victims of wickedness…”innocent”, “helpless”, “poor”. What does this mean for us? Wickedness preys on the vulnerable. Wickedness is like the lion who preys on the sick member of the herd or the weak member of the herd…when it gets separated from the others. That’s how wickedness catches its prey. What can we learn from this?
Well, we could say, “I’ll just never be helpless or vulnerable in my life.” Good luck with that! No one goes through life without feeling helpless and vulnerable at times. That’s part of life. But we can be prepared for wickedness during those times. We can learn from David in Psalm 10 and know that when the inevitable feeling of helplessness and vulnerability overtake us, that we can be on our guard. Also, we can stay connected with other members of the “herd”. When we are vulnerable, we can pick up the phone or drop by to chat with someone. Remember, you are much less likely to be “picked off” if you are not alone.
Notice when vulnerability comes into your life. Notice when you are feeling helpless. Reach out for help! You don’t have to let wickedness prey on you.