M. E. Rosson
Why Does God Allow Bad Things to happen to Good People?
Text: Psalm 10:1-13
10 Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.
4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
Let us Pray
How many times have you thought it or even said: Why would God allow this to happen? I have heard it at the deathbed in a Hospital, at the scene of a tragic accident or from the family of some victim of violence. Why? But we will see this morning, that is not the right Question Why? But when?
Charles Hadley Spurgeon, called the Prince of Preachers said this about Psalm ten:
Since this Psalm has no title of its own, it is supposed by some to be a fragment of Psalm 9. We prefer, however, since it is complete in itself, to consider it as a separate composition. We have had instances already of Psalms which seem meant to form a pair (Psalm 1 and 2, Psalm 3 and 4) and this, with the ninth, is another specimen of the double Psalm. The prevailing theme seems to be the oppression and persecution of the wicked, we will, therefore, for our own guidance, entitle it, THE CRY OF THE OPPRESSED.
This Morning we want to look at David, who cried out that the Evil seemed to oppress the poor and helpless without anyone doing anything about it, but his cry was a prayer for God to act, so what is the answer that God gives us. David is asking why, but the right question is not why, but When because just as God rewards those who follow Him, all those who reject Christ will be punished, not why, not if…but When.
Join us this week for a very special Study where we will examine the Words of Jesus to his Disciples and the Galilean Wedding and How Jesus was using Words that He knew the Disciples would all understand in His answers to all their fears. Come expecting a blessing and to be uplifted as we discover that with God it is not Why or If, but When!
I love you all,
Pastor M. E. Rosson