The Mind of the Wicked | Psalm 10:2–6

          In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
            let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
          For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
            and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord.
          In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him;
            all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
          His ways prosper at all times;
            your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
            as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
          He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
            throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”

Depravity twists the desires and inclinations of the human heart.  A younger person, though still a sinner, might be more sympathetic to the plight of others, but training in unrighteousness warps and hardens him to the poor and afflicted.  All are born in sin, but the wicked engage in planned rebellion against God, even denying His existence.  In these five verses, we get insight into his mind, and the next five, we’ll see the demonstration of his ways. 

The wicked serves his base desires.  His mind arises from his sin nature, but he’s dedicated to crafting iniquity.  He ensnares the poor and afflicted, prompting God’s people to pray for these unrighteous plans to be reversed (cf. 9:15–16).  He does this because he offers “praises” to his base desires (“praise” and “boast” come from the same word in Hebrew, halal).  As Philippians 3:18–19 says, the god of the “enemies of the cross of Christ…  is their belly.”  Whether his desire is more sex, money, or power, he’ll use whoever to feed his lust.

The wicked denies God in his thinking.  His pride rises, leaving unconcealed smugness on his face.  The spurning of God in v. 3 turns to a denial of God’s reality in v. 4.  Even so, his thinking is constantly directed to the task of suppressing the truth about God in unrighteousness (cf. Rm 1:18–20).  That gives way to the next item on this list.


The wicked imagines his own world.  This is where the “futile thinking” of Romans 1:21 enters the scene.  The wicked prospers from a worldly perspective only while God’s workings are hidden to him.  In truth, he doesn’t understand the things of God because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor 2:14).  Still, he scoffs at the idea of any enemy gaining an upper hand, or that he will ever be in adversity!  His foolishly arrogant soul may be required at any moment (cf. Lk 12:16–21), and God will “call his wickedness to account” until He finds none (Ps 10:15). 

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