Quite a list of action items attributed to God in just three verses in Psalm 72. If God does all of this, then our faith leads us to hope in a future where God no longer has to engage in this action. But while we are here, working in the present, just as God is active, He is calling us to be active too. What does it mean to be a Christian if we are not the hands and feet of Jesus in our broken world?
The hope of the oppressed and those who are experiencing violence, of any kind, will never be found away from the power and authority of God.
The psychological, emotional, spiritual, and physical damage of the oppression and violence remain long after it has ended. The Bible offers all of us hope for healing and forgiveness. Therein we know that our only hope in death is Jesus’ help!
These are His lost sheep, those He left the 99 to find: the poor, the needy, the broken, the hungry, the lonely, the abandoned…they are HIS. His children…He created them and loves them. He died so that they could have hope.
“The psalms of lament are a model of godly response to suffering. The Lord does not expect us to remain stoic when we face suffering. We can pour out our souls to the Lord. However in the middle of our cry, we must remember God’s loving care for us in the past so we can willingly trust Him with the future. With this type of response, we can renew our hope in the living Lord.”
For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight. – Psalm 72:12-14