September 25

Psalm 146:5-10

“Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.”  vss. 5-7

The psalmist would have loved to know all the things that we know about the universe. It’s enormity, beauty, and complexity would have boggled his mind and his praise of his Lord even more effusive! And he would have said to us, “Isn’t it wonderful to know that the Lord of this immense and ancient universe cares about us and our little blue planet, and will keep faith with us forever?” He believed that to have such convictions was a good thing–and he was right! It is a huge blessing to have such confidence in God–it’s what can keep us going during stressful and uncertain times. But with the blessing comes responsibility. The psalmist speaks of the Lord’s concern for the oppressed and the hungry, and here’s where we are needed. God doesn’t act out of a vacuum to execute justice and give food–God uses us. While we may despair of tackling such issues we have no choice but to do whatever we can in the place we are to make a difference. The God who created black holes has a heart for the hungry on earth–and uses our goodness to feed them!

Thought for the Day: What’s more important than justice for the oppressed and food for the hungry?

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