A Psalm for Kermit Gosnell

I’ve steered clear of commenting on the horrific trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. I’ve known about the story for some time, but just couldn’t bring myself to focus on the horrors in which he was engaged.

Much has been made of the lack of media coverage. My friends here at Patheos Evangelical have done much to change that. Rightly so.

For those not familiar with the case, I point you here, somewhat reluctantly, because the crimes he allegedly committed against helpless infants is revolting and worthy of the worst punishment known to man.

I mention Gosnell today simply because I came across a Psalm in my daily reading that reminded me of him. It is rare that we get such a clear picture of what God calls a “wicked man” in Scripture. But Gosnell — and his ilk — would certainly seem to qualify.

 A Psalm for Kermit Gosnell

I share this selection from Psalm 10:8-18. And I think this must be the kind of monster David had in mind.


He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might. He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.” 

Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.

Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

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 man who is of the earth may strike terror no more. (Ps. 10:8-18)

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About Bill Blankschaen

Bill Blankschaen is a writer, author, and speaker who empowers people to live an authentic life with abundant faith. A former pastor, Christian school leader, and master teacher, he is the founder of FaithWalkers (Faithwalkers.com) where he equips Christians to live an authentic life and a blogger on church and cultural issues at Patheos. An experienced collaborative writer and content strategist, he is the author of several books including What God Wants You to Do Next, The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth, and multiple collaborative traditional books. His writing has been featured with Michael Hyatt, Ron Edmondson, Skip Prichard, Jeff Goins, Blueprint for Life, Catalyst Leaders, and many others who shall remain nameless. Bill is a blessed husband and the father of six children with an extensive background in education, business, and organizational leadership. He serves as the Junior Scholar of Cultural Theology and Director of Development for the Center for Cultural Leadership. He works with a variety of ministries including Equip Leadership (founded by John C. Maxwell) when he's not visiting his second home -- Walt Disney World.

  • http://twitter.com/kangy1116 Jennifer

    Just lost my breakfast. Please put a warning next to the “I point you here” link. On the other hand, at least I’m alive to lose my breakfast. Horrifying.

  • http://www.BillintheBlank.com/ Bill Blankschaen

    Sorry, Jen. That’s what I meant by “somewhat reluctantly.”

  • Jennifer

    I am struck by how little coverage there was about this story. The lack of media attention to the trial was pointed out in a CBC news article today:

    “Have you heard about Kermit Gosnell? That should be a familiar name even in Canada, and yet there’s a good chance you’re hearing it for the first time and have never read anything about his horrific crimes”