March 2, God’s Cause, Your Cause

Today’s reading: Psalms 6-10

“You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror” - Psalm 10:17-18.

God cares for orphans and the downtrodden, yet those are the very people who are often victimized by societies and their unjust laws and practices. It seems that God takes it personally when they are oppressed and deals directly with the oppressors so they will ‘never again strike terror.’ It makes sense that if God values the orphan and the weak, then we should as well. Proverbs 22:9 states, “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”Are you sharing your food with the poor? What more can you do to take up their cause, thereby pleasing God? If you are a leader, is your organization sensitive to the needs of the poor? If your church? Don’t answer the last two questions too quickly, but seek the Lord for the answer and don’t try to justify your insensitivity or inactivity to help those in need?