When Evil Seems to Prosper

Does it ever seem to you that the guys riding into the sunset – into the happily ever after - are wearing black hats? And you thought the good guys, nurse the ones in white hats, were suppose to win.

riding-off-into-the-sunset“Who can show us any good?” David wonders in Psalm 4:6. The bad guys seemed to be coming out on top.

“O God, hear my complaint.” David implores the Lord in Psalm 64:1 “Protect me from the threat of the enemy.” He is the victim of conspiracy (vs. 2,) of sharp tongues that shoot deadly arrows (vs. 3,) the victim of ambush (vs. 4,) and evil plans and hidden snares (vs. 5,) about which his enemy boasts, “Who will see the hidden snares?”  All around his enemy plots injustice with a cunning mind.

Evildoers say the Lord does not see; “He pays no heed,” they claim. Psalm 94:7.

David knew the sharp pain of betrayal and despair of being surrounded by those who wished his ruin. In the face of crushing opposition David counsels his soul.

David answers:
Does the one who implanted the ear not hear?
Does He who formed the eye not see?
Does He who disciplines the nations not punish?
Does He who teaches man lack knowledge?
Psalm 94:9 – 10

Of course He hears, He sees, He exacts punishment, He does not lack knowledge.

God will establish judgment founded on righteousness. Psalm 94:15

His love supports me.
God is my fortress, my rock, my refuge.
He will destroy the wicked.
Psalm 64:18 – 23

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;
the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;
he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
 The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.
Psalm 34:15 – 22

That must have been the sun in your eye. Those are white hats riding into the sunset.

Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord. Let them take refuge in Him. Praise Him!
(from Psalm 64:10)

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