July 7, 2017
READ: Psalm 12:1-8
I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do (v.5).
In March 2007, I was standing in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in northern Uganda gazing at hundreds of young refugees who were staring back at me. As I looked into their eyes, saw their malnourished frames and witnessed their deplorable living conditions, the Holy Spirit filled me in a way I’d never experienced before. I sensed God was telling me, “I love these children. I love them!” And then, it was as if He extended this invitation: “Come love them with me.”
So I did just that. I moved to East Africa and—through both the beautiful and gut-wrenching journey of walking with victims of war and with children who’d been orphaned or abandoned—witnessed the glorious truth of Psalm 12 that “the Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace” and that He sees, He hears, He cares and He shows up (v.6). In His words: “I have seen the violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor” (v.5).
Though much of the world overlooks and even dismisses the impoverished, the refugees, the widowed and the otherwise marginalised, God doesn’t. To the contrary, in response to cries to Him for help, He says, “I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do” (v.5). His compassionate heart is revealed in the ways He moves to “protect the oppressed” (v.7).
Whether we’re struggling through our own pain or weighed down by the suffering of others, we can take comfort in God’s sure promises in Psalm 12 to be with and deliver the oppressed. Even if we can’t easily see how, we can rest assured that our God is working to rescue the poor— perhaps even using us as part of His loving, restoring work.
365-day plan: Luke 7:36-8:3
Read Isaiah 1:17 and consider what it means to follow God in rescuing the oppressed.
List at least two steps you can take to join God in helping the marginalised in your own community and around the world. As you read the verses in Psalm 12, what do you learn about His heart for those in need?