As I’m reading through this Psalm I hear the words of Judges ringing in my ear. If you look at that book you can hear repeated over and over again: “And the people did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” When we read that we need to remember that we are talking about the people of God. These are people who are supposed to be followers of the Creator, the one God. But the Psalm really seems to point a finger to those outside of the fellowship of believers.
So here is the danger. We are often in danger in the church of thinking that we are the ones that God favors while those outside of the church…not so much. But throughout Scripture we see that it is the people of the church, the people of God who are called as those who have little faith, who turn their back on their leaders and seek out other gods, who commit adultery with the wives of their military leaders, who betray their Savior. How tempting it is for us to call out as this psalmist does against the evildoers around us without seeing the evil in us.
Just wondering if you noticed that we see God is the refuge of the poor. Jesus isn’t the only one who has a soft spot in his heart and ministry for the poor. It is consistent within the Trinity.