Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 17th, 2017
Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them.
Psalm 10:17-18 (NLT)
Hopes of the Helpless
The hopeless and helpless are waiting for someone to come to their aid. Yes, the Lord has heard their cry. They may have had silent tears and wondered if anyone cared. This verse declares that the Lord will step into their situation with justice. However, the record of Scripture shows that the Lord will use us. He will give us His authority as His representative.
The father of a teenaged girl who was recently targeted to join a prostitution ring in Ottawa, says that the mental health system has failed him and his daughter and he is feeling helpless about it. The 15 year old has suffered from mental health problems for years, made worse when she started high school and began using drugs. She has run away from home and Children’s Aid facilities. In January, he said a doctor recommended she get a psychiatric assessment but she’s refused. Under Ontario law, someone who has the capacity to consent to their own treatment has the final decision — regardless of their age. Her father said in an interview with CBC “All her actions and the trouble that she got into clearly demonstrate that she’s crying for help, but where’s that help and who’s going to provide it?”
The Bible is filled with God’s love and concern for the poor. He commands His people to care for those who are the least. When Jesus was on earth He spent most of His time with the people who were living on the edge of society – the despised tax collectors, the demon possessed, the lepers and the poor. He fed the crowds and was moved by compassion to meet not only their spiritual, but their physical needs. It’s no wonder that the crowds followed Him. No one was left without hope. The Psalmist knew this about his God. He writes in Psalm 10:17-18: “Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them.” God doesn’t miss a thing and the day is coming when He will rule in righteousness and justice. In the meantime, He knows the longings of those who have no hope. What a beautiful picture of God’s concern. But there is more. God not only knows the longing of every human heart, He comforts those who are hurting. And He will bring justice for those who are being mistreated and maligned. Those of us who love God are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our day. Who can you bring comfort to today?
These have been words from the heart.