He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them. He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them. He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him.
– Psalm 72:12-14 (NLT)
Here is Gill, commenting on the King James Version of Psalm 72:12
For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth,…. Such as are not only in want, but are sensible of it, see their need of Christ and his righteousness, and salvation by him, and cry to him for the same, under a sense of their misery and danger; these he delivers out of all their troubles, and out of the hands of all their enemies, and supplies all their need;
the poor also; the poor in spirit; who acknowledge their spiritual poverty, and apply to him for the true riches; to these he gives gold tried in the fire, that they may be rich; he gives them grace here, and glory hereafter;
and him that hath no helper; that is in an helpless condition; can neither help himself, nor can any creature, angel or man, give him any help: but this being laid on Christ, and found in him, is given to him, whereby he is delivered out of a miserable state into a very comfortable and happy one; and such humane, kind, and tender regard to the needy, poor, and helpless, in this great King spoken of, is what engages to a cheerful subjection to him, and worship and reverence of him; more of which is expressed in the following verses, as the reason of the great esteem he should be had in.
God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
– Psalm 68:6 (NLT)
I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
– Psalm 119:11 (WEB)
Scripture has a funny way of inserting itself into your thoughts. The Lord changes the way we think as we read and meditate on His word. In many ways, our thinking becomes aligned with His.
Not in all ways, of course. But in some ways you begin to see things the way He wants you to. For instance, habitual sins are easier to break when reflecting on specific verses. There is power in God’s word.
An excellent online resource for dealing with and breaking habitual sins is Focus on the Family’s Life Challenges page.
Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
– Psalm 127:1b (NIV)
It seems to me a common thread in the Old Testament is the fate of cities. Often in ancient times, cities were incredibly important and defined whole people groups. Think Athens versus Sparta. The Bible makes clear time and again that the fate of cities is in the Lord’s hands.
If the Lord wants to take out a city, He will. See Sodom and Gomorrah. If the Lord decides not to take out a city, He won’t. See Nineveh in the Book of Jonah.
It also seems to me that God extends this concept all the way up to entire nations, and all the way down to single households.
For an excellent discussion on Sodom and Gomorrah and the events leading to their destruction, read this sermon by Keith Krell.
For you formed my inmost being.
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to you,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful.
My soul knows that very well.
– Psalm 139:13-14 (WEB)
Psalm 139:13 has been called a “pro-life verse” because of the reference to being knit together in the mother’s womb.
Focus on the Family has an excellent series on love and sex. Click here.