Reading: Psalm 146
God is steadfast and true. God loves the righteous. God seeks to lift up those who are bowed down. His desire is to bring relief to their suffering and to put an end to the oppression and injustices they face. How does our God of compassion and love lift up the bowed down? He sends the righteous, those who have received His favor and blessing, to minister in His name. He sends you and me.
It is God alone who can restore a person’s soul and who can make a new creation from within. It is God who sends the righteous faithful to engage the bowed down, oppressed, and suffering. It is God who has given us each gifts and talents and blessings to share with others to lift them up, to help them in their struggles. We can be there to offer much, but it is God alone who can transform their lives and hearts.
God desires to use us in many ways. We are each uniquely gifted and blessed as the body of Christ so that we can corporately minister to a wide variety of situations and needs. Some are the feet of Christ who enter into brokenness to lift shame and guilt so that hope can begin to enter in. Some of us are the hands of Christ, entering in and offering a hand up so that one can begin to be above water again. Some of us are His eyes, restoring value and worth to someone who thought they had none. Some of us are God’s voice, speaking out against injustice and oppression, seeking to make things right. Some of us are His ears, listening to the stories that need heard and retold so that others may find or experience positive change in their lives.
God loves all of His children equally. Some do not even know that they are a child of God. This day may we collectively be His feet, hands, eyes, voice, and ears so that all may begin to experience His love, lived out through our witness, example, and presence.