(1) Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
(2) The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
(3) For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
(4) The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
(5) His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
(6) He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
(7) His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
(8) He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
(9) He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
(10) He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
(11) He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
(12) Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
(13) Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
(14) Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
(15) Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
(16) The LORD is King forever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.
(17) LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
(18) To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.
Politics and world events are not encouraging to the Christian. We see death being raised up by wicked men as a suitable solution to the consequences of sin, and the simple problems of life. These same people faint at the very idea of a person willing to use the sword of justice God gave to human authority in order to protect or to bring justice. Lying is expected and encouraged. Someone who is unwilling to lie politically is generally castigated as a radical because when he speaks, actual, clear, precise thoughts are formed. Society is much more comfortable with words that do not apply to any specific position. They call it "reaching across the isle", but when men speak outrageous evil they turn a deaf ear. (Make no mistake, this is not political correctness; this is raw fear.)
May I offer a different perspective? The Christian is a child of God first. Not that the wickedness of this world, or God's judgement should not affect us, but we must by faith believe that He is good. We must serve Him regardless of the circumstances; in blessing and in testing. We must be grieved by His grief, and find peace in His will. I think sometimes we are more grieved by those things we see that are the result of wickedness, which is natural, but spiritual eyes are first moved by the things that move God's heart, and they are steadfast at all other times, because God provides strength to those who seek Him.
I believe now is the time for Christians all over the world to choose the fear of God over the fear of man.
I know that my blogging is not usually political, but I don't see this as political. It has been in my heart to say for a long time, as the left in the U.S. is cranking out more threats and intimidation every day and the world is less and less stable, I started out serving God by being completely dependant on Him, and in that area, nothing has changed. I do believe He wants to change my heart, to break it for the the wickedness all around me, so I can be used as He wants to use His people.