As I staggered out of bed this morning, bleary-eyed and fuzzy-headed, I was greeted by my wife with these words: “Dai, read Psalm 10 with human trafficking in mind!” I was intrigued, but too tired to act on her advice straight away. So after walking the dog I settled down with a cup of coffee, opened the Bible and read.
This Psalm is phenomenal – describing the vile and violent exploitation of the poor from the point of view of the trafficker, the trafficked and the God of justice. The parallels between the words of this 3000 year old scripture and the reports of how traffickers in the 21st century prey upon their victims are staggering. If you know anything of the way that traffickers operate and who they target, or have seen any trafficking documentaries, such as Nefarious, verses like 8-10 will blow your mind. However, what I LOVED about this Psalm is that it also shows us the issue of the exploitation of the poor from God’s perspective.
Is He moved by trafficking?
Will He act against injustice?
Take a read and see for yourself:
1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord.
4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him;
all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
5 His ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
6 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”
7 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
8 He sits in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket;
he lurks that he may seize the poor;
he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
10 The helpless are crushed, sink down,
and fall by his might.
11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.