Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Our passage tells us that God is not in all the thoughts of the wicked (Psalm 10:4). It also points out that the thoughts of the wicked “are thoughts of iniquity” (Isaiah 59:7). Obviously, the wicked despise the Lord in their thoughts, but the Lord also despises the thoughts of the wicked. This is why we are told that “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 15:26). King David, whom God called “a man after mine own heart” (Acts 13:22), added that the thoughts of the wicked were against him for evil (Psalm 56:5). These wicked thoughts are based upon pride (Psalm 10:4). Conversely, a man yielded to the Lord desires to bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
- (For children): God was not in the thoughts of the rich young fool. He lived his life the way he wanted to live it and never considered that one day he would face God (Luke 12:16-20).
- (For everyone): Do your thoughts match the thoughts of a wicked man or of a righteous one? How frequently are your thoughts toward the Lord? Do you often find yourself entertaining thoughts against God’s people when they are trying to do right?
- Do you desire to bring your thoughts into captivity to the obedience of Christ? Do you allow your thoughts to lead you into sin and away from the will of God?
- Ask the Lord to guide your thought life.
- Ask God to protect you from thinking like the wicked.
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 3, WEEK 43)
Sobriety is not a special requirement expected from an elite group of believers, but rather the expectation God has for all who have called upon the name of the Lord.
As time continues, the need for sobriety intensifies. Temptations seem to be escalating from every angle. Even if sin did not have the ability to lure the believer, busyness and hobbies tug at his heart to steal away one’s time and strength.