Tonight, I have been enjoying a rare, quiet evening at home. I have been catching up on blogs and getting some admin work done for the trip to Mexico. I posted a list of ways to prepare for our trip on the team blog and was reading through Scripture regarding the fatherless. I was taken by Psalm 10.
It would be safe to say that I fancy myself as a budding social activist. I boycott stores if I disapprove of business tactics, I buy organic to save the soil from agri-business, I support orphan care ministries, I spend leisure time reading about human trafficking and I work at an agency that hopes to end the needs and the want for abortion in our city.
I am passionate about making a difference in this world and especially passionate about ending abortion since it is a topic I am entrenched in for most of my waking hours. My dear roommate has listened to dozens of ranting monologues about the statistics and horrors of abortion and STDs when a dinner guest asks me a simple question about work. Oftentimes, I feel like a "Debbie Downer" because the things that I think about and talk about are, frankly, depressing. Yet, I read Psalm 10 tonight and it uplifted my heart. It reminded me that, as Christians, we are told to love what God loves and hate what He hates. He loves justice and He hates oppression, so we are called to be the same. So, I pray that as long as I have strength that our great God will allow me to do work that touches His heart.
1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord.
4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
5 His ways prosper at all times;your judgments are on high, out of his sight;as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
6 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”
7 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
8 He sits in ambush in the villages;in hiding places he murders the innocent.His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket;he lurks that he may seize the poor;he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
10 The helpless are crushed, sink down,and fall by his might.
11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,that you may take it into your hands;to you the helpless commits himself;you have been the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;call his wickedness to account till you find none.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever;the nations perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more. (emphasis mine)