God Is The One Who Supplies All Of Our Needs And The Needs Of Others
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them-
he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
8 the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
10 The Lord reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord.
God is a most wonderful creator. He created the heavens and the Earth. Every day he paints the sky with clouds and the light of the Sun. He continually creates as life abounds of every type, knitting together children in their mother’s wombs, causing seeds to burst forth from the ground to grow into plants, and eggs hatching to become other creatures. There is no aspect of life that God is not intimately involved.
God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And He has shown Himself faithful in every aspect of His character. Because God is love, He cannot be unfaithful in anything. God’s love always seeks out the betterment of others, and His word will never pass away. His faithfulness is a sign that He can be trusted, and that His character is rooted in goodness and righteousness.
As creator, God is also compassionate towards His creation. He especially shows this aspect of His character in how He upholds the cause of the oppressed. When men (and women) seemingly abandon others, God rises up to defend their cause. God created ALL men and women in HIS image, and He assists the oppressed among us, as well as feeds the hungry.
God desires that no one be a prisoner to sin. He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to come and free the captives. Even those who have been wrongfully imprisoned by men can have their souls freed by God. Physical imprisonment cannot stop God from freeing men for eternal relationship with Him. God will go to great lengths to set the captives free, bending Heaven and Earth to do so when someone seeks Him out with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. And if God so chooses, He can free them physically as well.
Rejoicing in Righteousness
Part of God’s very nature is righteousness. He is greatly pleased when He sees it, because His very existence is bathed in it. It resonates true with Him, and He rejoices when He sees His children walking in righteousness. Just as a parent is proud of their child when they are being polite towards others and living a life of serving others in joy, so does God when we do the same.
The Psalmist reminds us that God has a special place in His heart for the foreigner among us. To be sure, God is referring to the foreigners who are among us lawfully. God gives the sword to rulers to punish those who refuse to obey the law. Civil disobedience is only tolerated by God when the rulers of a nation are using laws to oppress the people, obfuscate the truth, and deny lawful image-bearers of God their freedom.
God provides great hospitality towards the foreigners among us, as well as the fatherless and widows. God does not forget those people who are unable to provide for themselves. He fully expects the righteous among us, whom He has blessed with plenty, to help those in need. And while He expects this of us, He does not expect us to give out free food and cash to lazy, indignant, self-righteous, and discontent people purveying a victim mentality:
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.“
God is not indifferent to the suffering of people. Neither will He put up with wickedness:
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
God is righteous, and although wicked people may be allowed to continue on in their wickedness for what appears to humans to be an eternity, God is giving them every opportunity to change their mind and be saved. Although it is a burden upon us when wicked people oppress us, and may even cost us our livelihoods, the material possessions that God has provided to us to manage, and perhaps our very lives, we are sheep being led to the slaughter, witness for God, so that the wicked might turn towards God.
And if they do not, let your heart be at rest. For in death, they will surely pay in full for what they have done here on Earth. Jesus came to pay our fine, but in refusing payment, they will endure for all eternity the punishment that is justly received since they cannot pay the price to redeem themselves.
The Lord God Almighty reigns forevermore in Heaven upon His throne, rightfully in His play of power and glory, overseeing all that He created and ruling in righteousness as He pleases. Let us not forget the sovereignty of God, and the wonderfully good implications that His righteous rule entail. For nothing can happen in the universe without the express prior knowledge and permission of Almighty God, who is righteous, protector, provider, overseer, and master over all.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Where do I go first when I am in need?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You show Yourself to be righteous in all that You do, even in allowing the wicked to prosper. Help me to have a perspective that places You in Your proper role in all things. Give me the wisdom to recognize in my darkest situations that You are right in the center of them. Help me to be Your eyes, ears, hands, and mouth as other struggle in their daily lives. May Your light show through me that people will be drawn to the light and seek freedom from darkness. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.