“The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed in order that man who is of the earth, may terrify no more.” (Ps. 10:16-17)
I received an email from a Congolese friend this morning. He shared the latest challenges and injustices that have taken place the last few months: erupting volcanoes destroying parts of the village of Sake, a town which I visited when I was in Congo; gas levels that continue to rise in Lake Kivu, potentially gassing people near the shore to death; refugees moved out of camps and forcefully sent back to their homes, which are still unsafe because of the rebels. The list goes on and on.
I am also reading an excellent book about the occupation in Iraq, and the injustices that millions of Iraqis have faced since the collapse of Saddam’s regime. These stories are heart wrenching. As I am looking into working with Iraqi refugees this summer in Jordan, my heart is burdened with the stories of these Iraqis and the injustices that they have endured.
But there is a song of justice for those who are afflicted. The Lord defends the fatherless and the oppressed. As I read about the injustices in Congo and Iraq this morning, my heart needs to sing and speak this song over these war-torn and broken lands. He hears, and is bringing justice and redemption to these lands…