Do you believe that God reigns now, that his dominion over the earth is complete even though we see evil men inflict cruel suffering on the powerless? Some people argue that the presence of evil means that God is not reigning supreme over Creation, but the psalmist does not agree with that conclusion—and the psalmist also saw evil men doing evil deeds to the “fatherless and oppressed.” Yet he says,
The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more. (Psalm 10:16-18 ESV)
Whether God acts now, or in the future to bring evil doers to account, his reign is not overthrown by those evildoers. Those evil deeds cannot overthrow God’s power or escape his justice, even if it seems that some wicked deeds go unpunished in the present. God is king forever—the nations (a reference to the people who act against God’s will, who are not in covenant with God) will perish, God will hear the cry of the suffering ones and he will listen to the cry for justice. And there will be a day when the “man who is of the earth” will “strike terror no more.” In the age of global terrorism, the attempt to rule by fear, by intimidation, by raw violence against the innocent, it seems appropriate to remember that God is “king forever” and he hears the cries of the oppressed and afflicted. Terrorism does not win over God, and it isn’t God’s way of ruling the earth. It is the earth’s way of rebelling against God. Don’t be deceived into thinking evil gets to triumph over God!
Lord strengthen our heart that we may trust you, that we may live according to your good will for us, that we seek righteousness and justice and stand true against those who seek earthly power through evil deeds!