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November 8, 1999

Testing for Wickedness

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Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”? PSALM 10:13
It’s always important to know the competition. If you know your enemies, you know when to avoid them, when to engage them, and how to defeat them. And, perhaps of equal importance, if you know your enemies, you know how not to become one of them.
In Psalm 10, David paints a vivid portrait of wickedness as it manifests itself in mankind. Here’s what it shows: The wicked are arrogant (v. 2). The wicked prey on the weak (v. 2). The wicked devise evil schemes (v. 2, vv. 8-9). The wicked are boastful about the things they desire (v. 3). The wicked reward greed (v. 3). The wicked have too much pride to acknowledge God for Who He is (v. 4). The wicked believe bad things will never happen to them (v. 6). The wicked curse people, lie to people, and threaten people (v. 7). And the wicked ignore God’s laws (v. 5) and mock God’s sovereignty (v. 11).
Does that sound like the man in the office next to yours? Does it describe the woman who works for a competitor? Does it paint a picture of the world around you? Does it reveal the person you see each time you look in a mirror?
Because we live in a fallen world, we can’t totally avoid wickedness. We can work hard to stay away from it, as well we should. But in a fallen world, wickedness will find us. Will you be ready? How are you dealing with the wickedness that surrounds you? And how are you working to make sure you don’t succumb to it?

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