Words from the Heart for Sunday June 30th, 2019
Help me, Lord my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Let them know that it is your hand, that you, Lord, have done it.
Psalm 109:26-27 (NIV)
According to the Globe and Mail last November, Canadians, as a group, are kind of cheap when it comes to charitable donations. Just 20.5 per cent of tax filers claimed donations on their tax returns in 2016, and the median donation was $300. The article suggests that parents can help create a culture of charitable giving in their family. Some research from a U.S. charity suggests there’s a payoff from doing this – children of charitable parents tend to be generous themselves.
We take our hands for granted. I suspect that not many of us, if any, have taken the time to consider the many ways we have used our hands today – to eat, to greet, to brush our teeth and comb our hair. To type the script for today’s edition of Words from the Heart. The Bible speaks of the hand, even God’s hand. This is what it says in Psalm 109:2-27: “Help me, Lord my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Let them know that it is your hand, that you, Lord, have done it.” The idea of God having a physical hand is ludicrous, of course. The Bible teaches that God is spirit. But it also speaks often of God’s hands, and when it does, it alludes to His authority. Such is the case here. When David cries out for God’s help, he does so with faith – faith in God’s unfailing love and faith in His authority, His power to come to his assistance. When we cry out to God, when we need His help in our lives, we must do so in faith, believing He will answer because He loves us and can help us because He has the power to do so.
These have been words from the heart.