Oh how timely! The title of Psalm 10 reminds us that Scripture is both timely and timeless. As long as time continues, some will be cruel and godless. But as long as the earth stands, God will remain the defender of the oppressed. Those who take advantage of the downtrodden should quake in their boots to read Psalm 10. God cares when people suffer. God cared when his own Son suffered! God is just and righteous and he will judge the world by this principle (Acts 17:31).
Wicked and selfish men have always taken advantage of those who are weaker. One man robs another. One nation invades and takes the land of another. Any people who prosper off the loss of others will incur God’s wrath, and they will eventually fall. Any nation that builds its economy on the back of slavery and oppression will fall hard. God will see to it. God never decreed that all men would live with equal means, but he proclaimed that every man must work in order to have food on his table (2 Thess. 3:10).
Some have taken the route of complete government domination of their land, promising equality for all. But we should be mindful that any rulers who promise to give us anything we need also have the power to take everything we have. The fallacy of communism is seen in the inevitable attachment of “dictatorship” to the term. There is a reason why such rulers profess atheism and forbid the practice of Christianity: their actions are entirely opposed to the way of God. Be it ruthless government, organized crime, or unfettered monopoly, some will always seek the unfair advantage.
God teaches the virtue of work and promises prosperity. Then if the wicked take from those who have earned honestly, they will be punished accordingly. Men may oppress, but the victim turns to God, who will not forget the helpless. The wicked arrogantly boast that God will not call them into account, but God sees everything (James 5:1-6). “The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless” (10:7). Sometimes it seems to the oppressed that God has waited too long to intervene. But the fact that God does not immediately punish the wicked does not mean that God no longer cares. God is not affected by the passing of time, and he will judge everyone at the end of time (2 Pet. Chapter 3). When the Son of God comes from heaven to call all men to account, men of the earth will terrify the helpless no more.
My comments are not an inspired commentary, but rather a few words to draw attention to the background, context, and dynamic situation of the book of Psalms. May God bless your reading of His Word. T.C.