“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.”
Psalm 146:8-9, NRSV
We’re often faced with situations where we can lift ourselves up in the esteem of others, secure our own safety, and ensure that we aren’t in a vulnerable position.
God, on the other hand, has drawn near to those who are most vulnerable and in need of help. That doesn’t mean they see the kind of success we have associated with being “blessed.”
The greatest blessing is to fully entrust yourself into God’s care, whether by choice or circumstance.
That doesn’t always feel like winning or being lifted up. In fact, it often feels lot like bowing down, which is right where we will be most aware of our need for God. We will certainly be in the loving gaze of God when we help those who are in the greatest need.