Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. NRSV
Oftentimes oppressed people have no one to turn to. They have no one to whom they can bring their troubles. The authorities generally do not care; in fact, they are usually the ones responsible for their distress-directly or indirectly- and the afflicted often turn to God in their predicament. Now, here is one who will not turn away or be callous about helping. The scriptures say that God understands and knows what the oppressed is experiencing. Contrary to the belief of the oppressed, God cares and understands. This is good news because rest assured that God will intervene and bring not just redress but justice. When all else fails, the oppressed can rely on God’s benevolence and God’s reliability. In the midst of farce and uncertainty, God stands supreme as a Way maker. Thank God for who He is.