If ever a portion of scripture felt timely, Psalm 10 certainly does to us in the face of ISIS. Jason wrote this song a couple of years ago and adapted the lyrics directly from this Psalm and Psalm 16.
1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised. 3 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”7 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity. 8 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; 9 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net. 10 The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might. 11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.” 12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. 16 The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. 17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear 18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
When he first played this song for me I was taken aback. This kind of questioning of God was in the Bible? I can ask God why He seems far away during our time of need? I have the freedom and safety in my relationship with Him to doubt His goodness to those who are suffering? Wow. David, a man after God's own heart, wrote these words. My soul felt lighter with the realization that questioning and doubting was a part of David's walk with the Lord.
With tragedies occurring every day at the hands of men with evil intent I do wrestle with God, my spirit unsettled within me. "Why are you letting these people kill others in your name? Don't you want to set the record straight on who you are? Don't you care about the innocent children who are suffering and dying in brutal ways?" I don't have answers, but I have this Psalm, and thanks to Jason, I have a melody to sing it to as I pray and question and cry out to God.