September 30, Do Like Jesus
Today’s reading: Psalms 146-150
“He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked” - Psalm 146:7-9.
David described some of God’s activities and they should sound familiar, for this is similar to the list outlined in Isaiah and quoted by Jesus as recorded in Luke:
“He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’ Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing’” (Luke 4:16-21). We learn from that passage that Jesus was doing what David said God did, which provides another indication of Jesus’ divinity. Jesus expects us to do the same things He was doing to accurately represent Him on earth.
How many things on the list mentioned in today’s passage are you doing? Which things are part of your strengths or gift package? How can you do more of what Jesus did?