Prayer for Relief From Oppression by the Wicked (Psalm 10)

Scripture Text:

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Psalm 10

Questions:

1. Where do you hide in times of trouble? Explain your answer.

  • under the bed covers
  • behind a veil of humor
  • behind a smoke screen
  • with face covered (here no evil, see no evil)

2. When you were young, did your friends (or enemies) boast about picking on others? How did it make you feel?

3. What is the basis for this wicked man’s practical atheism? Does he sound “far away” from God, or is God far removed from him? Or is God actually “too close for comfort” (verses 6, 11, 13)?

4. How does this man victimize his prey? Who does he remind you of? Does he arouse your compassion or revulsion? Why?

5. When, if ever, does justice catch up with him? Why or why not?

6. What does the helpless victim want God to do (verses 12 and 15)? What does God do instead? Why?

7. Have you ever felt like the king does here? What happened? Why is God sometimes so silent in the face of great needs?

8. When God does not seem to answer your prayers (as in this psalmist’s plight), do you persevere in faith anyway? If so, how? If not, why not?

9. Who in the world today seems like the wicked man in this psalm? What would you like to say to him or her? What do think God wants to say?

10. The apostle Paul applies verse 7 to all of us (see Romans 3:14). What’s his point? How does the image fit you? Might anyone be praying this psalm “against you”? Are you part of the solution or part of the problem?

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