During this season of Lent, our church is doing a series on the Psalms. Additionally, I have been working my way through the Psalms (slowly) the last couple of months. Therefore, I feel like I have been learning a lot from this part of scripture.
I enjoy the Psalms because the writing testifies of different aspects of God’s character. We see that He is just, compassionate, engaging, all powerful and much more. We know from the Psalms and from all of scripture that God is deeply invested in creation and has a desire to see all peoples reconciled to Him. This is true for all of us yes, however we see how He has a special interest in those that are most neglected or looked down upon in the world’s eyes.
We see this revealed in Psalm 113…
Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD, you his servants;
praise the name of the LORD.
2 Let the name of the LORD be praised,
both now and forevermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the LORD is to be praised.
4 The LORD is exalted over all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the LORD our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
6 who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth?
7 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
8 he seats them with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9 He settles the childless woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.
Praise the LORD.
In verse seven we are reminded that God comes and restores.
In verse eight we are reminded that God turns things upside down.
In verse nine we are reminded that God makes the impossible possible.
There are seemingly endless challenges to working with the poor. Development and progress are high aspirations that sometimes do not come as quick as we as humans would like. However Psalm 113 reminds us of the kind of God we serve and what is possible with Him.
Martha and I are incredibly hopeful for Haiti. We believe that healing and restoration is happening and can continue, and we are excited to be beginning this journey.