Tehillim / Psalms 10, Part 1, Why do the wicked prosper?


This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 10:1-18.  David begins His Psalm stating א   לָמָה יְהֹוָה תַּעֲמֹד בְּרָחוֹק תַּעְלִים לְעִתּוֹת בַּצָּרָה: “10:1 Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?” (NASB)  Pride is not the way of the righteous, pride and arrogance set themselves up against the Lord and prevents one from receiving help from the Lord.  יג   יִרְאַת יְהֹוָה שְֹנֹאת רָע גֵּאָה וְגָאוֹן | וְדֶרֶךְ רָע וּפִי תַהְפֻּכוֹת שָֹנֵאתִי:  8:13 ‘The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate. (NASB)  David goes on to say that ב   בְּגַאֲוַת-רָשָׁע יִדְלַק עָנִי יִתָּפְשֹוּ | בִּמְזִמּוֹת זוּ חָשָׁבוּ: 10:2 In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised. (NASB)  The wicked pursue in their pride, the wicked gives praise in the desire of his soul (הִלֵּל רָשָׁע עַל-תַּאֲוַת נַפְשׁו) and the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord (וּבֹצֵעַ בֵּרֵךְ נִאֵץ | יְהֹוָה).  The reason that the  wicked and greedy spurn and cruse the Lord is because in their arrogance they do not seek Him (ד   רָשָׁע כְּגֹבַהּ אַפּוֹ בַּל-יִדְרשׁ אֵין אֱלֹהִים כָּל-מְזִמּוֹתָיו:).  In such people, is there any hope of mercy?  Read more here: Tehillim 10-Part1