Lent Spent with the Psalms Day Five

imageWe’ll begin this week of meditations by thinking not of ourselves but of the people we pass by each day without remembering that God loves them intensely. Our repentance is necessary to the degree that we have allowed ourselves to become hardened to them.  Psalm 10 can serve as the foundation of our prayer today

Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.

Do not forget the helpless. (v12)

We often take for granted that everyone is able to follow the Lord and repent should they choose to do so, but this isn’t true. Many of the people that become invisible to us are suffering from incapacities that cannot be readily identified. Those brought down by drink and drugs are easy to categorize. Mental suffering is much more difficult to pinpoint since the sufferer is often unable to voice the problem. The good news can become just so many words until we have helped a person deal with the underlying issues.

You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,

defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more. (vv 17-18)

Grace and peace to you.

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