Yesterday Psalm 146 made me tear up at the goodness of God.
KEEPS truth forever
EXECUTES JUSTICE for the oppressed
GIVES FOOD to the hungry
GIVES FREEDOM to the prisoners
OPENS THE EYES of the blind
RAISES those who are bowed down
LOVES the righteous
WATCHES OVER the strangers
RELIEVES the fatherless and widows
TURNS UPSIDE DOWN the way of the wicked.
I wish the picture in my mind would translate more easily into words. Driving through the wealthy parts of Atlanta into the ghetto makes this contrast so real to me.
In this world so many people are doing everything they can to get to the top. People want to get close to people who are successful. People want to be associated with the best, the accomplished, the popular ones. It’s like the eyes are all looking up–searching for more. For better. For a way up.
Then there’s God who already is at the top. He’s not looking around to make sure His position remains secure. He’s not looking around at everyone wanting to be like Him and smiling smugly at how well He’s done.
No, He cares so incredibly much about everyone–the successful and the not so accomplished. That as the KING of kings He cares so very much about the broken and helpless touches me deeply. This is how I want my heart to be shaped.
If some of these descriptions fit you–hungry, oppressed, bowed down–pause for a moment to savor God’s compassion for you.
Happy is the man
who has the God of Jacob for his help,
whose hope is in the Lord his God