1 God takes his stand in the divine council;
he gives judgment among the gods:
2 “How long will you judge unjustly
by granting favor to the wicked?
3 Give justice to the lowly and the orphan;
maintain the right of the poor and the destitute!
4 Rescue the lowly and the needy.
Deliver them from the power of the wicked!
In this psalm, the entire “divine council” heard a basic principle of God’s rule: to ensure justice and rescue for “the lowly and the needy.” Some Hebrew writing drew from images common in the nations around them, like the image of a council of gods. Israelites, however, saw the one true God as presiding, with angels or heavenly spirits as council members (cf. also Job 1:6). With no legal or social status, and no male relative to take their side, widows or orphans in that society simply had no way to help themselves. Yet in the psalms and in many of Israel’s laws, it was clear that God cared passionately about helping the most helpless.
Volunteer. This is an opportunity to give of your time freely to offer hope to those who are in need. Call a charity of your choice and ask, one of these questions:
Lord God, I trust you to be my help and my strength, even when all else fails me. Use me as one of your instruments to bring justice to your world. Amen.
Every morning we wake up as the hands and feet of God on Earth, partnering with God to serve humanity. But, sometimes the need seems overwhelming and we don’t know where to start.
I think a helpful exercise to figure out where God may be calling you to serve is to consider what you know, who needs you, and what brings you joy. The intersection of these things can point you toward God’s calling to serve.
What do you know? What training have you had? What was your career? What experiences have equipped you to help? What could you teach someone?
Who needs you? Whose suffering breaks your heart? Who do you want to fight for?
What brings you joy? What are you doing when you lose track of time? What work feeds your soul? What do you imagine creating?
Spending some time with questions like these can help you refine your focus on an area of serving that will utilize your skills, serve the world, and bring you joy all at the same time. Be curious watching for ways you can be an instrument of love at work, church, in your neighborhood, service agencies, schools, and non-profits.
I believe God is calling all of us to serve in a way that shares what we have learned, empowers someone else to have opportunities, and fills our souls with joy as we do it.
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