September 18

 Psalm 113:5-9

“He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap,to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.” vss. 7-8

The psalmist believed that the Lord sat on high and looked down on the heavens and the earth. In a word, the Lord was high and lifted up. We might not describe the presence of the Lord in the universe in the same fashion as the psalmist, but we do share his conviction that the Divine Presence is greater than all creation. And with him we also believe that the Lord is intensely interested in our human interactions. More particularly, like him, we believe that the Lord cares about the condition of the poor and the needy–or at least that’s what we say we believe! Granted, there are millions of Christ-followers who are committed to lifting up the down-trodden–we know it by the work they do, the generous outpouring of funds provided for humanitarian efforts. But so many in all of our religions pay only lip-service to such concerns. What they really care about are the wealthy folks! Every advantage is given to those who already have more than they could possibly need. A few people control the vast majority of the earth’s resources, and their share is getting even greater. Now the rich aren’t likely to get punished for their greed and acquisitive nature–but imagine what could happen if they had a change of heart? One day it will happen–God will not be denied–and there truly will be heaven on earth.

Thought for the Day: Why should I care about the poor and needy?

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