Sunday, March 6, 2011

Lurking like a lion

For Daily Athens' Psalm Challenge, Psalm 10.
1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor— let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
3 For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart, those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.
4 In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, "God will not seek it out"; all their thoughts are, "There is no God."
5 Their ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of their sight; as for their foes, they scoff at them.
6 They think in their heart, "We shall not be moved; throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity."
7 Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.
8 They sit in ambush in the villages; in hiding places they murder the innocent. Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

9 they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert; they lurk that they may seize the poor; they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.

10 They stoop, they crouch, and the helpless fall by their might.
11 They think in their heart, "God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it."
12 Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; do not forget the oppressed.
13 Why do the wicked renounce God, and say in their hearts, "You will not call us to account"?
14 But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief, that you may take it into your hands; the helpless commit themselves to you; you have been the helper of the orphan.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers; seek out their wickedness until you find none.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations shall perish from his land.

17 O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek; you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear
18 to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,

so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
1. Lion at Beit HaChayal (the Soldier's House), Jerusalem.
2. Memorial naming victims of terrorism in Israel, grouped by years, from 1860 to present. On Mt. Herzl, the mount of remembrance.


Spiderdama said...

It`s very sad that last one, hoping for a better future. Your picture fits well to this psalm.
Hope you have a great sunday and week:-)

Reader Wil said...

Those memorials are very important. "Lest we forget".
Thanks for your visit. The photo of the Japanese camp was taken in camp Tjideng, the Japanese commander of which was one of the most notorious and cruel men.
I have no photos of my camp. It was camp Halmahera in Semarang. We didn't live in Barracks but in ordinary houses.

Kay said...

Perfect photos for these Psalms.

Sara said...

Shalom Dina, we seem to be visiting each other's blogs at the same time on opposite sides of the world!

I like your choices for this psalm...your lion does seem to be lurking in the thicket! And the memorial, of course, says it all.

...and He does see, and He does take note...and yet, How long, O Lord, how long?

Anonymous said...

Pictures that 'roawr' much louder than any lion probably can.

Thank you very much for this voice, their voice, which should be heard in order to make silent those lions.

Thank you for teaching me something as well, that I did not know of before.
Please have a good start into the new week.

daily athens

Suzanne said...

Yes, the Psalms are timeless. Speaks to us through all of the ages.