A Season of Psalms - Psalm 41: 1-2b
“Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him; the Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land…”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“Reach out and touch someone” was the encouragement AT&T gave its customers who used their telephone service. Telephones have long defied the distances society has created through migration and urbanization. A grandmother can now speak to the grandson she rarely sees, and a daughter can easily call her father to ask for more money for college. AT&T’s campaign, of course, was during the pre-historic era before cell phones. Today, their familiar slogan can perhaps be viewed more as an admonition to put our phones down and actually “reach out and touch someone.” We use technology to be closer to those whom we care about, but we also use it to maintain a distance from those we can’t see.
Who does God care about? In the first verse of Psalm 41, David tells us: God cares about the poor and needy. He cares about those who are lost, lonely, and least. He cares about those whom the world has marginalized and rejected for a multitude of reasons. He cares for those who aren’t able to help themselves. If God has a soft spot in His heart, it’s for these. God cares for His children. Scripture says He delights in us, His chosen people, and He’s never far away. He delights in us so much that He offered up His Son as a sacrifice for our sins, to save us from death and bring us into eternal life. Before Christ, we were all lost, lonely, and least. Now that we’re sons and daughters of God and heirs of the kingdom, we can never doubt the wondrous love of the Father.
After Mother’s Day, I read a book by George Barna called The Power of Vision. I’ve been praying every day since my first Sunday as your pastor, “What is God’s vision for Comfort Baptist Church?” Barna says that the impartation of vision can often be a lengthy process that takes years. Will you covenant to pray with me as we seek God’s will for His church and the community in which it serves? We need His vision. Without Him, we can do nothing on our own. God is up to something at Comfort Baptist; let’s catch His vision for our future and join Him in what He’s doing!
Further Reading: Luke 4:18-19; Jeremiah 29:11
Pray with me:
Guide us, Father, and may Your mighty presence go before us. Wherever You lead, we’ll go. In Jesus’ name, Amen.