Arise, ! Lift up your hand, O God.
Why, , do you stand far off?
And don't we all wonder that at times. When something happens to a good person we think, "It always happens to the good ones!" Even Billy Joel sang, "Only the good die young!" And on the contrary, those who do evil seem to get away with it. And this leads to wondering why God hasn't done anything about it. Why is he withholding his judgment to those who deserve it?
On top of it, the evil person seems to be putting it in God's face. He scoffs, "God won't call me into account." He says, "Nothing will ever shake me. No one will ever do anything wrong to me."
The psalm ends by saying, "The is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land."
While God is slow to anger and he wants all people to repent and come to the truth, there will be a time of judgment and justice. The poor and oppressed will rise up, and the wicked oppressors will be brought down once and for all. Those who lived for the king will live forever and ever, and those who committed atrocities will perish forever. Justice will reign in the end. But for now God hears the cries of the afflicted.