Thursday, August 15, 2013

light in the darkness: the rescuer

Psalm 12:5-8
The Lord replies, "I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor.  Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do."
The Lord's promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.
Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation,
even though the wicked strut about,
and evil is praised throughout the land.

See if you can relate to this psalm of David.  Doesn't it seem that David could have written this yesterday?  When you read through psalms you are reminded that evil has wrestled with good since the beginning.  But evil tends to forget or ignore or deny that it operates within the Creation of God.  He is sovereign and He will not allow evil the ultimate victory.  As we look out over our land, our people, our world today we also see "violence done to the helpless"  and we hear the "groans of the poor".  We are reminded in Psalm 12 that God has made an unbreakable promise to "rise up to rescue them".  And the quality of God's promise is certified to be pure, like completely refined silver.  So even as "the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land", there is a promise of a rescue and a deliverance from evil.  Our trust and our hope and our total confidence needs to be in the Promise Maker!

Rob Smith

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