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Psalm 146 June 5, 2016

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Verses 5-9 Respond to the Trumps of the world:

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

Heidi Grogan, this week’s devotion writer, notes that we should never stop praising God, who has “lifted us and restored us when we were bowed down and has empowered us to do likewise.”

She points out the psalmist refers to God nine times in verses 6-9, showing God’s concern for the oppressed and God’s presence in their suffering. We are all blessed when we look to God as the source of help. She asks where we need wise leadership translated into concrete compassionate action today and prays,

God, we thank you for being our strength. Give us wise leaders who have compassion for people who need protection and help. Loving God, may we stand with you, whose concern is for the bowed down. May we embody your compassion and action to relieve the suffering of the oppressed. Amen.

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