Raising the poor
Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord.
Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time on and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations and his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord! ~ Psalm 113
Over and over in scripture God shows care for the poor.
A LOT of care for the poor. A preference in fact for the poor.
Many times it is even how God is described - as the One who lifts up, raising the poor from the places where we have put them.
Aligning them with the people we have put ahead of them.
Can there really be any doubt as to what we care called to? About the preferences we are asked to make? The people we are to put ahead even of ourselves?
Our comfort gets in the way of a lot. I can say that with certainty because I know that MY comfort gets in the way of a lot. It gets in the way often of my lifting up and placing beside me the ones who God has told me to.
One of the best ways we can Praise the Lord is by partnering with God to lift up and raise those whom the world has put down. In fact, it may be the best way to show our worship and praise to the one who has made all - ALL - in the divine image.
Get me out of my comfort zone, God, so I can be your partner in loving those who need it most. Amen