“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 10:17-18).
These verses end a psalm of earnest questioning where the author balances appearances versus faith in God’s sovereign justice. It can appear that God is distant, disconnected, and unconcerned in the injustices of the world (vv.1-3). The wicked defy God, oppress the weak, and seem to prosper (vv.4-11). But this is not really a cynical counsel of despair. All of this sets up the psalmist’s plea that God will rise up and bring justice upon the earth (vv.12-15); and the end is confidence in the supremacy of God, who will put things right (vv.16-18).
God is compassionate and gracious. He reaches down to those who are suffering and comforts them with His love and mercy, to lift them up and protect them. He will vindicate those who are mistreated and oppressed; in His time, He will bring justice. Hope in God’s deliverance, and entrust yourself to Him.