The author in Psalm 10 conveys feelings many of us can relate to today. He mourns the evil in the world, the pain and suffering caused by wicked people. He expresses frustration over the prevalence of evil and doubt in God’s active presence.
Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.
Caught in Evil Schemes
June 20 was World Refugee Day. The day’s purpose was to remind us of the 65 million refugees and internally displaced individuals in the world today. Many of them fled horrific violence and conflict. We remember recent attacks and tragedies in London, Brussel, Egypt, Virginia and Oregon, among many more. We remember the ongoing conflict and violence in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan and many more.
The Psalmist goes on to describe the evil doer:
He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net. His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength. He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.”
Does God Care?
Amidst vast evil and suffering, it’s easy to question whether God truly sees and cares about what humanity is going through. But even in his doubt and questioning, the Psalmist goes on to petition the Lord to see, while at the same time affirming what he knows to be true about God.
Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless…You, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless…You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.
Join Us in Prayer
In response to the suffering around the world and in our communities, let us petition the Lord like the Psalmist, but let it not stop there. Let us ask the Lord to allow us to see like he sees, to know the pain and suffering of the victim, the hungry, the fatherless and the stranger. When the church not only petitions God to see and to act, but commits to seeing and acting as Christ would in their community, then the weary and downtrodden will know indeed that God sees and cares.
For 46 years Food for the Hungry has been committed to responding to human suffering. It’s not okay when families are forced to flee violence and oppression, or when famine stunts the growth of children and communities. But hope remains when believers and churches join together and commit to see like God sees. Learn more about Food for the Hungry’s Disaster Response initiatives and together we can see as God does and respond to human suffering.