by Robert Chamberlain
“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord ; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
Psalms 12:5 ESV
If you were to believe the political religious right, God favours the rich and it’s the poor’s fault they’re in poverty. But God is not happy when the poor are plundered. It’s not just when thieves break in and steal but when unscrupulous landlords and creditors have no compassion on widows, orphans and the immigrant.
The needy groan and the rich are indifferent. They distance themselves in their gated communities from the cries of the hungry, and change the channel when an advert for a charity comes on the TV. But God isn’t indifferent.
God isn’t like an unjust judge sat deafly on his backside while a widow pleads for justice. God will arise and contend for the marginalised and oppressed. It’s like Jesus is usually pictured sat at the right hand of God, but when Stephen was stoned to death, He stood to welcome him into glory.
God will place the poor and needy into the safety he longs for. This doesn’t mean to say God will make poverty history in this age. There’s a spiritual application: as Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor (in spirit), for theirs is the kingdom of God”.
“Dear Father in heaven, we’re thankful that although we’re poor in spirit, through faith in Your Son we can dwell in the safety of Your presence forevermore. We praise You for rising to defend us, in Christ’s name, amen”