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Saturday, March 22, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Psalm 41:1-3(NASB)
1 How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble. 2 The LORD will protect him and keep him alive, And he shall be called blessed upon the earth; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies. 3 The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health.
How do we concider the helpless? That has a lot of permutations. Looking after the handicapped and looking after children come to mind, but this need not just be a proof-text for a social gospel. We should also be looking after the unborn, the senile and the terminally ill, who are targets for elimination in a society looking to cancel negative net present value projects. They all have value in God's sight and need to be protected. We should also be looking after people in prison. Ministry to inmates will help them turn their life around; you've got a place where people pretty much know they're sinners and just need to know that they can be/are forgiven. We should also be looking after the needs of people living under oppresive regimes overseas. We have to avoid hubris here, but there are plenty of other places around the world where some shock and awe would be called for. Pray that Iraq isn't the last regime change we pull off.

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