O Lord, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth.
Rise up, O Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve.
How long will the wicked, O Lord, how long will the wicked be jubilant? (Ps 94:1-3)
A regular point of argument by non-believers is that the silence of God in the face of evil is proof that He does not exist. That certainly makes sense. If I’m holding a conversation on the Egyptian riots with my imaginary rabbit friend Harvey and he doesn’t respond, I shouldn’t be all that surprised. After all, he’s imaginary. To a person who is insensitive to God and His movement in the world, it can certainly seem as though He is not there. Evil and horror seem to run free, suffering is the order of the day.
The psalmist provides food for thought to those who take this tack in their thinking. Little Darwinian thinking would have intruded on the Psalmists challenges as he calls out to the scoffers in their disbelief;
Take heed, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise?
Does he who implanted the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see? (vv 8-9)
Does silence truly evidence a lack of presence? Meditate on the proofs that surround you.
Grace and peace to you.