“Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap…” vss. 5-7
The psalmist can scarcely contain himself as he sings a song of praise to the Lord his God, the One who is greater than anything that can even be imagined. In his effort to show just how mighty God is he pictures the Lord seated on high, perhaps on a throne, looking down on the heavens and the earth. It’s an image that some can resonate with, but for others this transcendent view of God doesn’t work. But before we dismiss what the psalmist writes we should note what his God is doing. The Lord may be looking from afar but the Lord’s concern is with the poor and the needy. The poor are raised from the dust and the needy lifted up from the ash heap. The psalmist’s God got down and dirty with the hurting people of our world, and that’s still the way it is. No matter what image or definition of God we might craft for ourselves, the God we meet in Christ Jesus will be deeply immersed in caring for starving, homeless people wherever they are found, and if we truly want to be doing God’s works our hands are going to be getting dirty too. And when we get on with our mission and the poor are touched, our God is most certainly going to be praised!
Thought for the Day: How can we help the Somalians stay alive?