Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.
4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
16 The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.
17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.
Public Domain KJV text from Wordproject.org
The commandment that gets the least press is the tenth one against covetousness. And so it is fitting that the tenth Psalm talks about the tenth commandment.
Psalm 10:3: "For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire, and blesses the covetous, whom the LORD abhors."
The worldly man has, at the apex of his motives, self-indulgence. And so he and the covetous man understand each other perfectly. They are driven by the same forces.
They think well of each other for covetousness is not known intuitively to be evil. (“I had not known lust except the Law had said 'Do not covet.'” Romans 7:7). Even in church the covetous strike us as good citizens and, if they give a tad bit of their assets, as benefactors of society.
But God doesn’t see things that way at all. He abhors covetousness. And our text even says he abhors the covetous person. What God abhors most about the self-seeking person is that he will not respond to divine appeals.
Psalm 10:4: "The wicked . . . will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts."
Then let us seek after God, thinking of Him, and not of more ways to gratify our acquisitiveness.
As of this writing, church planter in Dutch Flat, California before heading back to East Asia as a missionary to Muslims