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Psalms 10:15

Breaking the Power of Evil

15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none."

The arm of a man symbolizes his power and strength. Power over the lives of others comes in many forms such as political influence, financial power, the power of persuasion, familial authority and authority in the work place. Strength is the ability to enforce that power. It is usually expressed in physical prowess, military strength, or police power.

What we have here, then, is a prayer that might have been offered by billions of people in every century since the beginning of time. The powerful have always taken advantage of the weak. Cain killed his brother, Able, simply out of a jealous desire to be number one in God's eyes. The wicked do not seem to need much of a motive to persecute their weaker brothers and sisters, and Cain was just the first of many more to come.

How many have sought relief from the bonds of the wicked but have not sought it from the only One capable of giving it? As I write this study, there are political revolutions occurring in countries all around the world by people who want to be free of the arm of their wicked rulers. Yet, most of those revolutionaries are not Christians and are not calling on God to break the arm of the wicked. Instead, they are relying on their own strengths to overcome the enemy or they call out to false gods or idols for relief. The end result is that their governments will be overthrown and most of them will simply be replaced by new oppressors, perhaps worse than their predecessors.

Only God can overthrow wicked governments and replace them with righteous rulers. Only God can break the will of the dictators in the middle east. He alone can change the hearts of presidents and senators. It is He who turns the greedy employer into a generous friend. All of the world's oppression is due to the world's lack of faith in the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ. The wicked mock at God, because He presents no threat to them. He presents no threat, because there is no one calling out to Him for relief from their tyranny.

David, however, was different from most men. He relied on his God for everything. So he cried out, "Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none." Not only does he seek the breaking of their power, but for the abolition of all wickedness and evil. This is a prayer that will be answered. It is offered up according to the will of God. David was a man after God's heart, because his desires and prayers mirrored the will of God.

Zephaniah 1:12 prophesied, "And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil." God would search the city with candles, with minute detail, until he found every wicked person in it. And,in the final days after Jesus returns to judge the earth, there will be no wickedness left.

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:7-8) God will have sought out man's wickedness and there would be none left to find.

Those who are feeling oppressed, enslaved, cheated, or persecuted in any way, have a wonderful promise in the word of God. It is His will that all evil be destroyed. So, why should we not go to Him for relief right now? Why do we always try to do things by our own power? If we do not go to Him for relief, aren't we going to be numbered among the wicked?

Before The Throne:

First, let's praise God for having the will, the sovereign authority, and the power to rid the earth of everything evil. Thank Him for giving you this example from the psalms of how we should pray when we are under attack. Do not pray for the destruction of anyone, but for their power over you to be broken. Pray that God will wipe evil from the face of the earth. Ask Him to send more laborers to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ so that love and peace can reign on earth.

For Further Study:

** Break. Psa 3:7; 37:17; Job 38:15; Ezek 30:21-22; Zech 11:17; ** seek. Psa 7:9; 2Kgs 21:12-15; Jer 2:34; Ezek 23:48; Zeph 1:12;


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