A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. (Ps. 68:5)
There’s a creek that runs alongside our house and feeds into a secluded pond, where I sometimes go to find peace and a greater sense of God’s presence. When I’m there, I often marvel at the amount of life that is taking place nearby with only God paying attention. Birds, fish, squirrels, deer, bobcats, and much more—all go about their business, only occasionally noticed by human beings. It reminds me that, like the wildlife, I’m never alone. Even when I may feel vulnerable, overlooked, unnoticed, God is with me.
The psalmist asserts that the God we serve is “a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.” Most other gods in the ancient Near East were portrayed as being gods of the wealthy and powerful, but not the God of Israel. The God we serve pays attention to the most vulnerable among us and calls them his own. No matter our station in life, we can always be confident that God is looking out for us and has our best interests at heart.
And since God is the God of the vulnerable, we too should pay attention to, provide care for, and seek to meet the needs of those who may feel alone. This includes reaching out to people in our communities who may need help as well as supporting policies that take care of “the least of these.”
—Kevin R. Scott
Reflect the light of God’s presence into others’ lives.