“God tells you where to look; love tells you what to see.” – Matshona Dhliwayo
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“Defend the lowly and fatherless; render justice to the afflicted and needy. Rescue the lowly and poor; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
The context in today’s scripture verse is that God is speaking through the writer of this psalm.
Jesus fleshes this verse out in the Christian tradition as he actually lives these directives.
You may recall that Jesus stated his mission clearly when he stood up in the synagogue in Nazareth and quoted from the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind” (Luke 4:18).
If you claim to be a Christian, then it would follow that you are also supposed to have his mission – at least to some degree.
Each of us needs to examine our own heart as to whether we are doing this.
But as I look at today’s social media as well as politics and the way people treat each other in general, it seems few have the Christian mission at heart.
Jesus pointedly stated that whatever we do to the least of these that you do to him (Matthew 25:40).
Note that Jesus never talks about whether people deserve help or not.
I know that I have my hands full just discerning my own words and actions in regard to these teachings without judging others.
I know I need to remove the wooden beam from my own eye before removing the splinter from another’s (Matthew 7:5).
So, let us each re-read today’s scripture verse: Defend the lowly and fatherless; render justice to the afflicted and needy. Rescue the lowly and poor; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Now, may we honestly ask ourselves how we are doing with that.
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