A prayer for God s deliverance from those who scheme and terrorize in arrogant confidence that God will do nothing to stop them.
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 =vv. 5-6
st. 4 = vv. 7-8
st. 5 =vv. 9-11
st. 6 = vv. 12-13
st. 7 = v. 14
st. 8 = vv. 15-16
st. 9 =vv. 17-18
Psalm 10 is thought to have been originally the conclusion to Psalm 9 (to which it is joined in the Septuagint); together the two form an acrostic poem in which the stanzas begin with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Here we find a classic description of the arrogance (st. 1-3) and malice that spout from the tongue of the wicked (st. 4-5; in the Psalms the tongue is often the most destructive weapon). We join the psalmist, who cries plaintively for God to delay no longer in delivering the weak from the wicked(st. 1, 6)-in fact, as the eternal King, to break the power of the wicked and call their sin to account (st. 8). Yet the psalm conveys a confident note of assurance: because of God's sure defense of those who look to him, the wicked, for all their defiance, will be compelled to acknowledge their mere humanity (st. 7, 9). The Psalter Hymnal versification is from The Book of Psalms for Singing (1973).
Times when the church, as either the victim or the guilty party, reflects on social injustice.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
FLENTGE was commissioned for Songs of Thanks and Praise: A Hymnal Supplement (1980), where it was set to "Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ." Composer Carl Schalk named the tune after his mother's family name, which is also his middle name. FLENTGE is music for unison singing, in four long phrases…
Display Title: Why Do You Stand So Far Away, O LORD?First Line: Why do you stand so far away, O LORD?Tune Title: FLENTGEMeter: 10 10 10 10Scripture: Psalm 10Date: 1987Subject: Deliverance | ; Judge, God/Christ as | ; Laments | ; Justice | ; Poverty |Source: The Book of Psalms for Singing, 1975, alt.