Why, O LORD, do You stand far off?
Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?
2In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3He boasts of the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.
4In his pride the wicked does not seek Him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
5His ways are always prosperous;
he is haughty and Your laws are far from him;
he sneers at all his enemies.
6He says to himself, "Nothing will shake me;
I'll always be happy and never have trouble."
7His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats;
trouble and evil are under his tongue.
8He lies in wait near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent,
watching in secret for his victims.
9He lies in wait like a lion in cover;
he lies in wait to catch the helpless;
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
11He says to himself, "God has forgotten;
He covers His face and never sees."
If we forget that all we have comes from God, believing our successes are of our own making, we make gods of ourselves. In our pursuit of success we can easily lose sight of our Lord's command to Love God above all and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
If we love with the love He has for each of us, brothers and sisters in Christ, we will live in peace with all creation: Caring for the poor, the sick, the voiceless, the least of His children, sharing God's gift of this world with all, so none may suffer or go without. He calls us to be good stewards of the world, so future generations may live in peace and share God's bounty.
Deacon Don Ron