Reading: Psalm 10
Why, LORD, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”
His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims; like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength. He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.” (NIV)
As I write these thoughts on Psalm 10, outside my window snow is drifting down and ready or not, we are rapidly careening toward a rendezvous with Christmas. Ah, Christmas! What a mangled wreck—what a gross distortion—this celebration of Christ’s birth has become. For many this commercial bonanza is completely void of any spiritual meaning. It is nothing more than a buying and selling frenzy—a pursuit of trinkets signifying nothing.
In this psalm we see the signs of the season. Through clever advertising and marketing schemes we too are hunted down by the top-level merchants of this world. We are caught in the schemes they devise. Rather than being a season where we seek the LORD, we fall into a trap. We can find ourselves boasting about the cravings of our heart. As the Psalmist says, we bless the greedy and in so doing, we revile the LORD.
The words of the Psalmist ring true, “In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.”
No room for God… In a perverse way it seems rather appropriate. There was no room for God in Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. No room for God… no room for the Maker and Saviour of the universe! For you and me, it doesn’t have to be that way. While there was no room for God incarnate in Bethlehem, the magi were busy seeking Him. Set your heart to be a God seeker this Christmas season.
Response: Jesus, I seek after you. Open my eyes to see you today. I wait expectantly for you. Amen.
Your Turn: Have you seen Jesus in others? How can you seek God this week?