Psalm 10:16-18 Bullies Bullied, Pt. 2 A Lament By David
Psalm 10:16-18 Bullies Bullied, Pt. 2
We look at the last part of Psalm 10 today.
Note again that David had started this prayer by whining and ends up trusting God and affirming that He is Lord of all (v. 16a, 17a). He will hear the “humble” (cf. James 4: 6; 1 Pet. 5:5). He will protect the “orphan and the oppressed” (v. 18).
He is the King over all the nations (v. 16) who will rule over all who have trusted Him (v. 16). He will subdue “that man who is over the earth” so that they “will no longer cause terror” (v. 18b).
Wiersbe points out that the phrase “man who is of the earth” is similar to the phrase “those who dwell on the earth,” used 11 times in the book of Revelation (Rev. 3:10; 6:10; 8:13; 11:10; 13:8, 14; 17:2, 8, e.g.).
We are flooded with garbage through the media: movies, TV, iPods, iPhones, iPads, Xboxes, etc. A hundred years ago there were just books, radio, and newspapers. Satan pounds us daily with his way of thinking. John called all this the world (cf. 1 John 2:15-16). It is the entire system of the world that he rules right now. He rules over the men “who dwell on the earth.” “Men of the earth” have the characteristics of the world. They are “earth-dwellers.”
In contrast, we are all missionaries in that world (cf. 2 Cor. 5:20). We are actually citizens of Heaven (cf. Phil. 3:20). We will be persecuted (cf. 2 Tim. 3:12).
Proverbs 19:8-9 Eternally Wise
Have you noticed there seems to be two kinds of people in the world? Those who are wise and those who are foolish. The wise actually care about themselves (v. 8a). The foolish, aka unbelievers in Proverbs, really don’t care about themselves. Some believers act like unbelievers and don’t seem to care very much about themselves.
Believers who stay on the right path will have a good life, no matter what. It might not be the kind of life you had envisioned for yourself. But it will be the kind of life that will have eternally good consequences (v. 8b).
It’s best to live a consistent, Christian life. John says, “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God” (John 3:21). He also said, ” . . . the one who does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:17).
A consistent Christian is a true witness. A fool, aka unbeliever, is a false witness (v. 9a). A person who lives a lie will “perish” in this life. They will be found out. Eternally they will also be found out. They will end up perishing eternally as well.