Psalm 10:17

17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, 


David writes his lament over God’s seeming inactivity as evil and wickedness not only are able to carry on their wicked ways (rejecting God’s laws, being greedy and arrogant, lying and intimidating), but also seem to be rewarded with success – “always prosperous.”


Have you ever known someone like that?  Someone that seemed to be unfairly “blessed” while, perhaps, you’ve toiled away for average.  I think we’ve all had moments like that; moments where we take our eyes off of all the good that God has done / is doing in our own lives and began comparing…whether against where we feel we “should be” or against someone we know or against someone’s social media highlights. It’s true what they say, “comparison is the thief of joy.”

But this verse struck me in another way too.  So many people are hurting right now – whether from isolation, too much time quarantined in an unhealthy environment, in their finances or mental un-wellness.  The overnight change in our world, in our culture, in the way we interact, it impacts every person differently.  This verse is a reminder, though, that God “hear[s] the desire of the afflicted.”  Not only does he hear it, He’s knows exactly what is needed…never at a loss for words, never out of resources, never too busy; he encourages the afflicted and listens to their cry (silent or loud). 

Life Application:

“Don’t compare your life to others.  There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon.  They shine when it’s their time.” – Unknown

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it, it just blooms.” – Zen Shin

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves – Phil 2:3

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. – Prov. 14:30

Don’t spend another second comparing yourself; when you’re tempted, take time to turn your heart to gratitude and humility. 

And, remember, God’s got your back.  He’s listening; so feel free to pour out your afflictions and allow Him to comfort and encourage you.  Also remember, though, you were placed in this family for a reason; you are not alone.  You have a community that loves you and can be that tangible sense of His love.

Lastly, go love on somebody!  We are here on this earth to be God’s hands and feet in this world; be present and aware, look for opportunities to share God’s love with those you encounter.   We can be the mouthpiece that shares His encouraging word, the ear that takes time to listen and hear their cry.