This is a major juxtaposition between the proud, arrogant, wicked man– who struts around saying, “there is no God,” –and the afflicted, orphaned, and oppressed.
“O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear to vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.” (10:17-18)
Pride vs Humility is a major Biblical theme. Growing up in a culture that encourages pride, means I am always in good need of a reminder about the power of God among the humble.
Countless times throughout Scripture, the LORD comes to the defense of the defenseless. He is strength and shelter to the weak. He is near the broken-hearted.
Many years in various ministries made it feel like success was a constant uphill battle (spiritual warfare, it was even sometimes called). What were those goals then? Numbers? Western measurements of success? The minute I stepped out of marketing and into doing a sloppy job of loving afflicted people, my uphill battle became a slide. Haphazardly falling in to favorable situations. I know many people who work with the poor, orphans, widows and refugees, can attest to the power of God feeling pretty different in these circles. He is always saying He’s with these groups.
If you’re looking for Him; there’s a good place to find Him.