Book 1 – Psalm 10 of 41: Apart from Christ, you can do nothing

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing.” – John 15:5

Psalm 10 describes the man who does not remain in Christ. It is not that the LORD stands afar off, or hides Himself in times of trouble – the judgment day will come, the time when the Son breaks the counsel of the wicked (Psalm 2). Here is the exact opposite of the Blessed Man in Psalm 1, a man apart from Christ who:

  • in arrogance, hotly pursue the poor;
  • boasts of the desires of his soul;
  • is greedy for gain
  • curses and renounces the LORD
  • is proud with thoughts that “There is no God”
  • has high judgments
  • puffs at his foes, as if he shall not be moved and that throughout all generations he shall not meet adversity
  • has a mouth filled with cursing and deceit and oppression
  • has a tongue of mischief and iniquity
  • ambushes and murders the innocent
  • watch for the helpless
  • lurks to seize the poor
  • crushes and sinks down the helpless
  • says that God has forgotten the poor, the helpless, the meek
  • says in his heart God will not call to account

Yet – recall that apart from Christ, man can do nothing. O Lord – you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that the anti-Christ may strike terror no more. All the words which such man tells himself (in bold and italics above) are but lies he persuades himself with; the LORD’s judgment is coming and all men’s deeds will indeed be accounted for.

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Book 1 – Psalm 10 of 41: Apart from Christ, you can do nothing

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