Morning Psalm

Psalm 10

1Why do you stand so far off, O LORD,*
and hide yourself in time of trouble?
2The wicked arrogantly persecute the poor, *
but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised.
3The wicked boast of their heart's desire; *
the covetous curse and revile the LORD.
4The wicked are so proud that they care not for God;*
their only thought is, "God does not matter."
5Their ways are devious at all times;
your judgments are far above out of their sight;*
they defy all their enemies.
6They say in their heart, "I shall not be shaken;*
no harm shall happen to me ever."
7Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression;*
under their tongue are mischief and wrong.
8They lurk in ambush in public squares
and in secret places they murder the innocent;*
they spy out the helpless.
9They lie in wait, like a lion in a covert;
they lie in wait to seize upon the lowly;*
they seize the lowly and drag them away in their net.
10The innocent are broken and humbled before them;*
the helpless fall before their power.
11They say in their heart, "God has forgotten; *
he hides his face; he will never notice."
12Rise up, O LORD;
lift up your hand, O God;*
do not forget the afflicted.
13Why should the wicked revile God? *
why should they say in their heart, "You do not care"?
14Surely, you behold trouble and misery;*
you see it and take it into your own hand.
15The helpless commit themselves to you,*
for you are the helper of orphans.
16Break the power of the wicked and evil;*
search out their wickedness until you find none.
17The LORD is King for ever and ever;*
the ungodly shall perish from his land.
18The LORD will hear the desire of the humble; *
you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear;
19To give justice to the orphan and oppressed, *
so that mere mortals may strike terror no more.