By demystifying evil, Psalm 10 enables us process trauma. Why? Because understanding the evildoer’s psychodynamics empowers us to pray for justice and find peace at the cross.

This Psalm demystifies evil. It lays bare the thoughts and the motives of the evildoer.

The central dilemma of dealing with trauma is this: how do you speak about the unspeakable? Psychologist and trauma expert Diane Langberg says that the push-pull between the need to forget and the need to speak is the central dialectic of trauma. For the only way to process trauma is to talk about it, yet talking about it is the one thing you don’t wanna do. That’s why it’s important for us to be able to talk about it. And it’s what God does for us in the book of Psalms.

How To Pray In The Midst of Evil: Timestamps

00:00 – Psalm 10
02:50 – We Need To Talk About Trauma
03:50 – This Is How Evil Works
04:15 – 8 Psychodynamics of Sin
05:25 – 1. Pride
06:37 – 2. Dark Passion
07:33 – 3. Deliberate Planning
09:05 – 4. Lurking
11:35 – 5. Temporary Prosperity & Intellectual Complacency
13:30 – 6. Verbal Abuse
14:55 – 7. Spiritual Rebellion
16:20 – 8. Delusion
17:40 – Demystifying Evil Helps Us Pray
19:05 – Justice Is Certain
21:00 – I Don’t Need To Take Revenge
24:15 – Pray To Jesus The King
25:32 – Pray To Jesus The Victim
27:50 – Evil Isn’t Just ‘Out There’
30:00 – Pray To Jesus The Saviour

Top Quotes

“We can only process trauma by talking about it, yet that’s the one thing we don’t want to do. God helps us with this dilemma in the book of Psalms.”
“At the heart of evil is a proud fundamental desire to do what I want.”
“The poison that comes out of the mouth is the poison that was already in the heart.”

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Text: Psalm 10

Date preached: 8 September 2019

Location: Jubilee Community Church, Cape Town, South Africa