Psalm 10: From My Point of View, the Jedi are Evil!
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. He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies. He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.” His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue. He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims; like a lion in cover he lies in wait. 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.” Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless. Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”? But 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. Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out. The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.
All the greatest stories are good vs. evil. The idea of a morally good protagonist who looks out for the best interest of others fighting the evil forces of destruction and selfishness is a riveting idea to us. But if we're being honest, real life isn't always as clear cut.
In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker (spoiler alert: he later becomes Darth Vader) slowly gives up the Jedi (good guys) way in favor of following the Sith (bad guys). When his mentor Obi-Wan calls him on this, telling him that who he is following is evil, Anakin responds "from my point of view, the Jedi are evil."
There are very few "villains" out there in the world who think that they are the villains. Most "bad guys" think they are doing the right thing. Sometimes it is a warped sense of morality that they were brought up in. Other times, they are committing evil acts in order to help protect those that are closest to them. Even villains are the heroes in their own narrative.
In this psalm, the psalmist gives us a picture of the "wicked." By the middle of the psalm, the psalmist is describing someone who ambushes and murders people. Thankfully, none of likely know anyone personally who is into that kind of stuff. But I think that we DO know people who fall into some of the tendencies of the wicked, and I think the first person you ought to look at is yourself.
Let's look at some of these attributes:
- Arrogant. All of us have at times fallen into the trap of arrogance, thinking you were better than others. We've all had times when we thought we knew it all.
- Greedy. Whether it was wanting more money, more stuff, or more status, all of us have had times of greed, usually at the expense of others.
- Prideful. There have been times when we've all thought we were too good for something.
- No room for God in their thoughts. We love to fill our mind with STUFF, but are we filling our mind with God and His Word?
I think you get the point. As much as we'd like to think we're the hero in our life story, we've all been the villain at times. All of us have been "wicked." Myself included. And the biggest problem with this, is that we convince ourselves that we ARE the good guys. That our worst qualities aren't that bad. We know from this Psalm, that it isn't that proud and the greedy who God will save, it is the afflicted and the oppressed.
All of are oppressed. That oppression is called sin. The good news is that we have a God who wants to free us from that oppression. A God who came and conquered sin and death for us already. God will turn our hearts back to Him, but we need to want it.
So, do you want it? Do you want more of God?
Challenge: Spend some time confessing your sins to God. Be honest. God already knows everything you've done. Admit that you don't want to be like the wicked, but you want to be more like God. Like what 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."