Sunday, January 17, 2016


I'm not one to watch scary shows, rather romance; not horror, but comedy.  So Psalm 10 has a lot of "fly-overs," unpleasant presentations of the enemy.  I know he is real, but I don't want to dwell on it.  I did read it.  Yes, I did.  More than once in fact.  I encourage you to read Psalm 10 in its entirety as well.  We do need to remind ourselves of the enemy's territory and how we don't want to go there and to pray for the orphans, for those who are oppressed.  Adam Clarke summarizes Psalm 10 as...

"The Psalmist complains to God of the oppressions which the poor suffer from the wicked man, whom he describes as the hater of the poor, proud, one who will not seek God,
and is regardless of His judgments, self-confident, blasphemous and deceitful, strives by subtlety and treachery to destroy the poor, and supposes that God is regardless of his conduct. 
The Psalmist calls earnestly on God to preserve the poor and humble (afflicted),
and cast down the oppressor.  He foresees that his prayer is heard,
that judgment will be executed, and the poor delivered."

However, I have met orphans, have married one, have adopted some of the abandoned ones.  So, I do know a little about it...

 "The unfortunate commits himself to Thee;
Thou hast been the helper of the orphan."
(Psalm 10:14)
"O Lord, Thou hast heard the desire of the humble (afflicted);
Thou wilt strengthen their heart.
Thou wilt incline Thine ear
To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,
The man who is of the earth may cause terror no more."
(Psalm 10:17-18)

"This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father,
to visit orphans and widows in their distress,
and to keep oneself unstained by the world."
(James 1:27)
"You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.
If you afflict him at all,
and if he does cry out to Me,
I will surely hear his cry..."
(Exodus 22:22)

"For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords,
the great, the mighty, and the awesome God
who does not show partiality, nor take a bribe.
He executes justice for the orphan and the widow..."
Deuteronomy 10:18

Once upon a time, there lived in Manhattan, Kansas the bride of a U.S. soldier serving in Vietnam.  She and her six children lived in an old farmhouse just past the railroad tracks.  One day she went down to the basement to lite the pesky furnace.  Back it the day, gas was odorless, undetectable.  The explosion forced the house off its foundation.  That beautiful mother climbed out one of those tiny basement windows, looked to see if her children had escaped the fire, but went back the in the house to rescue her three year old who was still inside.  The ambulance took her away, then they flew her to a burn center in Texas.  She died three days later.  Her husband came home to take care of his family ages ten months to twins who were young teens.  Less than a year later, at age thirty-five, he died suddenly of a heart attack leaving six orphans.  My husband was the eldest son. 

Because he knew what it was like to be left as an orphan, his heart was soft towards children of distress and was willing to open our home to foster children, three of whom we adopted.  Life is never the same due to the suffering they endured, but God is.  His promises given in the Psalms are still true today.  Out of all the things God highlights in the evil of this world, He seems to be a little bit protective of the widows and orphans.  Take heart.  God sees.  God knows. You are never left alone.

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