David laments the fact that God often seems distant when trouble increases. Houses fall; people die; nations crumble. The rich gather yet more wealth; the poor continue in ruin. Why do some people live in luxury and mock God while others, who love and serve Him, live in squalor? These questions haunted David, and people ask them today. Where are You, God? Vindicate your people! Give those who mock You their due. When will justice be served?
3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.
4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
5 His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
6 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.” (ESV)
But even though God often seems neglectful of our situations, the reality, as David notes before ending the Psalm, is that God upholds the righteous. He does observe; He does see all. He watches over the orphans. He cares for the poor. He even cares for animals; how much more does He care for us!
Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
Luke 12:24 (ESV)
Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
Proverbs 12:10 (ESV)
It’s very easy to think that God has forgotten us. As we watch the rich ridicule God while their riches increase, as they malign the weak and take advantage of the poor, we start to wonder why God waits. Knowing why He waits doesn’t really matter. What matters is that God will vindicate His people. He will administer justice. He will come again, as He has said, and He will take His faithful home with Him.