Psalm 10 is a languished lament. And isn’t it amazing that someone like David wondered where God was? David opens up in Psalm 10 with a question about God’s whereabouts. Psalm 10:1, “Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”
And then after explaining the reasons why he is asking why, he closes with another why question in verse 13, “Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, ‘You will not call to account.’”
Though some my question his faith in God, I love that he goes straight to God and doesn’t complain to anyone else. David’s modus operandi was to talk with God and not about God to others. Job did a similar thing in Job 13:24 when he cried out directly to God: “Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy?”
As believers, we have an avenue for unloading the hidden turmoil of our hearts. We don’t have to dump on friends and family because we can go directly to God with our questions. If you’re wondering what’s happening or why things are unfolding the way they are, ask God about it. Declare your questions to God. It’s much better to ask God where he is than it is to wear your spiritual smiles and act like everything’s going well when you know it isn’t.
But David doesn’t stop with the why. I love the faith progression that takes place in this Psalm. David begins with “why” questions and then lays out his complaints in the middle of the passage. And then we come to the last few verses, where as a result of being honest with God, his commitment to the Lord now goes to the next level.
Because of God’s character, we can trust him with our lives. David reminds us that God does indeed see and hear and he indeed cares for his people. God takes in our pain and is the helper of the fatherless, executes perfect justice against the wicked and evil doers, and takes special interest in those who are in deep need. God cares!
Prayer: Father God, thank you that you always hear us—even our complaints and why questions. In our doubting and uncertainties, may we always go to you where we can find healing and peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.