I’m frustrated… I admit it! It angers me to see evil win – to see violent people arrogantly take advantage of good people and destroy the innocent and children! Right now it ISIS or ISIL – but through human history there have been repeated expressions of this degraded and despicable evil! In fact, there may be an expression of it to some degree just down the street from you, in a supervisor where you work, or somewhere in your community. Oppressive, arrogant, evil can be found anywhere!
I read about it this morning in the Bible! The Psalmist prayed about it… and after reading what he had to say about it in his prayer, I decided to make his words my own… (I warn you… what he had to say was in many respects unvarnished…)
“Why, Lord, do you stand far off?! Why do you pay no attention during times of trouble?! The wicked arrogantly chase the oppressed; the oppressed are trapped by the schemes the wicked have dreamed up. Yes, the wicked man boasts because he gets what he wants; the one who robs others curses and rejects the Lord. The wicked man is so arrogant he always thinks, ‘God won’t hold me accountable; he doesn’t care.’ … He says to himself, ‘I will never be upended, I will experience no calamity!” His mouth is full of curses and deceptive, harmful words; his tongue injures and destroys. He waits in ambush near the villages; in hidden places he kills the innocent. His eyes look for some unfortunate victim… He says to himself, ‘God overlooks it; he does not pay attention; he never notices.’
“Rise up, Lord! O God, strike him down! Do not forget the oppressed! … You have taken notice, for you always see one who inflicts pain and suffering! The unfortunate victim entrusts his cause to you; you deliver the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked and evil man! Hold him accountable for his wicked deeds, which he thought you would not discover. You rule forever! … Lord, you have heard the request of the oppressed; you make them feel secure because you listen to their prayer. You defend the fatherless and oppressed, so that mere mortals may no longer terrorize them!” (from Psalm 10 the NET Bible)
Yes I prayed it! I prayed it passionately! And I believe God heard me!