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Psalms 10:14

You Have Seen 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.


David begins in this verse by drawing a contrast between wickedness and truth. The wicked believe that God cannot see what they are doing (v.13). In fact, they deny His very existence, mock the idea that He knows their evil intentions, and certainly do not believe that He is watching them. People hate to think that they are being observed all of the time and that even their thoughts are secretly known by others. It is one of man's most basic instincts, which keeps governments from becoming "Big Brother." Their citizens will not stand for it. But, God is our Big Father who is watching us out of love and concern, a Father who can do no wrong. "The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." (Proverbs 15:3)

David says, "God, You have seen it!" That is the truth of the matter. He has seen the mischief and the anger; He has seen the misery and the grief that they have caused; and He has seen who has committed those things. It grieves God to see some of the things that men do, but He never looks away. "Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD." (Jeremiah 23:24) He is everywhere and nothing escapes His observation.

David also knew the truth that God would take the matter into His own hands and see that justice is done. In the Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on this verse, it says, “To give anything into any one's hand” is equivalent to, into his power (1Ki 20:28, and frequently); but here God gives (lays) the things which are not to be administered, but requited, into His own hand. The expression is meant to be understood according to Psa 56:9, cf. Isa 49:16: He is observant of the afflictions of His saints, laying them up in His hand and preserving them there in order, in His own time, to restore them to His saints in joy, and to their enemies in punishment."

What a shock it will be to so many people when they are brought before the throne of God for judgment! They will not only see that there is a God but they will also be forced to confess that He is Lord over heaven and earth. Then they will be judged for every wicked thought they had ever entertained, every wicked word their tongues had flicked from their mouths, and every wicked deed they had committed against God or His people.

Praise God for having brought this warning through the psalms of David and our salvation through the Son of David. Each of us had had the invitation to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and to be spared the eternal punishment of the wicked. Through Jesus Christ and Him alone everyone can be free from all condemnation.

Thus, the poor commits himself into the hands of the Almighty. Those who lack the financial ability to defend themselves against the wicked of the world have nowhere else to go but to God. Likewise, the poor in spirit can find no relief except in the arms of the Father who sees their misery and grief. They who mourn for their own sins and the sins of others are comforted by the knowledge that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has died for their sins and will judge the earth in righteousness upon His return.

Has your father passed away or abandoned you? God wants you to know that you have a Father in heaven. He is a helper, a defender, of the fatherless. He sees your loneliness, fills the empty spot in your heart, knows your enemies, and takes the matter into His own hand to bring you comfort and joy.

Even in the worst of all situations, the Christian can feel secure, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." (1 Peter 5:7) What more do we need?

Before The Throne:

Take a moment to rejoice and to thank God for the fact that He has seen it. Thank Him for taking all of your troubles, pain, and grief into His hand to deal with it. Thank Him for being the Father of the poor and for accepting you with your broken heart and contrite spirit. Praise Him for making a way, through His Son, for you to be forgiven and reunited in fellowship with Him. Then, pour out your heart's desires before Him with the confidence that you are being heard.

For Further Study:

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** Thou hast. Psa 35:22; Prov 15:3; Jer 16:17; 23:24; Heb 4:13; ** for thou. Hab 1:13; ** to requite. Judg 1:7; 2Kgs 9:26; 2Chr 6:23; Jer 51:56; Joel 3:4; ** the poor. Psa 55:22; 2Tim 1:12; 1Pet 4:19; 5:7; ** committeth. Isa 10:3; Jer 49:11; ** helper. Psa 68:5; 146:9; Deut 10:18; Hos 14:3;

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