Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger. My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm .... As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me .... Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you. Psalm 55:1-8, 16-18, 22-23 (NIV)
We talked yesterday about the necessity of God's people having the kind of love and compassion God has for refugees. We need to know the actual condition of our inner person and how what is going on in our own heart, mind, and soul affects the flow of love and compassion from us to others. Perhaps the key to getting in touch with our own mind, heart, and soul is found in our hearing directly from a refugee. Today's passage allows us to hear directly from a refugee and very clearly reveals to us the mind, heart and soul of the refugee who wrote this Psalm. The impact of this refugee's words on you reveals whether or not you are the kind of person who has care and concern for the suffering of others.
The kind of person who has care and concern for the suffering of others is one who is able to have the kind of love and compassion God has for refugees. We become this kind of person when God's mission for the world becomes our purpose for life and we are liberated from being driven by self-interest, self-preservation, and self-exaltation. This is the kind of person whose Christian walk matches their Christian talk. This is the one who is in step with God, hears his voice of leading, and springs into action and provides the kind of help that actually does something about alleviating the pain and suffering of today's refugees.
Lord, I am telling you right here and now that I choose to be one whose purpose in life is the mission you have for this world. I lay myself bare before you and ask you to root out anything and everything within me that stands in the way of your using me fully for your mission for the world. Transform my mind, heart, and soul so that I am filled with love and compassion for refugees. Show me what you want me to do today that will help alleviate the pain and suffering of refugees. Amen!
(Be sure to scroll down to Sunday for 4 prayer requests for our Missionaries from Sunday)
Posted on Thu, November 19, 2015
by Alan Porter