We have a God who delights in revealing Himself. Scripture is filled with hundreds of statements about the character of God. Do you want to know what the one true God is really like? Just open His Word and He will tell you exactly what He is all about.
That’s why I love reading the Psalms. I usually start the day by reading a psalm and within a few minutes my “praise vocabulary” is filled with words of worship and adoration. The psalmists loved to extol the Lord for who He is and what He does.
The psalms are also filled with prayers – and often these prayers were cries for help in times of great need, either for the psalmist himself or for other victims of the sinful actions of wicked people.
Such is the case in Psalm 10. After describing the wickedness of “the wicked man” in verses 2-11, the psalmist pleads “Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless” (v.12).
Then the psalmist expresses his confidence in the mercy of God toward the plight of “the helpless”.
“But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless . . . 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.” (v. 14, 17-18).
These words were written 3,000 years ago. Could they not have been written today?
Countless children find themselves the innocent victims of neglect – perhaps their parents have made bad choices and are now incarcerated for their crimes or are in substance abuse rehab programs. And the number of children who have been sexually abused is tragic; often government agencies must intervene to remove these children from terrifying situations.
And where is our God? What is He doing about this?
According to Psalm 10, our God sees “the trouble and grief” of all these children. Our God is “the helper of the fatherless”. He listens to their cries and comes to their rescue.
How does He do that?
God defends the fatherless through His people — people like you and me. His people have been called out of darkness to “Be imitators of God, as dearly loved children” (Ephesians 5:1). Because God has adopted us into His family, we have been called to meet the physical and spiritual needs of children who have no family and who are crying out to God for help.
God is listening to the cries of the fatherless. Because He is merciful, He delights to help the helpless. And His justice demands such a response.
As one of His dearly loved children, please consider how you will join God in His defense of the fatherless.