Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor— let them be caught in the schemes they have devised. For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart, those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord. In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, “God will not seek it out”; all their thoughts are, “There is no God.”
Their ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of their sight; as for their foes, they scoff at them. They think in their heart, “We shall not be moved; throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.” Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.
They sit in ambush in the villages; in hiding places they murder the innocent. Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; 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. They stoop, they crouch, and the helpless fall by their might. They think in their heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; do not forget the oppressed.Why do the wicked renounce God, and say in their hearts, “You will not call us to account”? 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.
Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers; seek out their wickedness until you find none. The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations shall perish from his land. O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek; you will strengthen them to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed, so that those from earth may strike terror no more.
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Why, O Lord, do you stand aloof? Why hide in times of distress? Proudly the wicked harass the afflicted, who are caught in the devices the wicked have contrived. —Psalm 10: 1-2
Lord, I know you pose the psalmist’s question back at us: Why don’t you do something to stop the scoundrels and to rescue the poor? You’re right there! That’s why I put you there!
—Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, too often the arrogant grip the reins of power; the narcissists methodically create a culture of fear and abuse, and those who could halt the self-centered leadership, back away afraid they might risk their reputation and their perks.
Lord, help us to focus on the power we have in you. To do the right things for the right reasons, to champion the person struggling as well as to celebrate the accomplishments of family and co-worker. Let us never doubt that goodness and kindness will triumph as our souls lean into your soul.
Grant us the confidence and self-esteem to value the work we do in your name and to stand firm in our conviction to be brother and sister to those with little or no voice.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team