Undisclosed Location | South Asia
July 14, 2010
“The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” Psalm 97:1
Rejoice that righteousness and justice are at the very foundation of God’s throne. It is who He is and He can not act contrary to His character. Today I stood and watched as 4 girls sang “We Shall Overcome.” They sang, “We shall overcome. We shall overcome. We shall overcome someday. Deep in my heart, I do believe, we shall overcome someday.” It impacted me so heavily because I know that these girls once lived in a brothel filled with filth. They were used up over and over again and treated like animals in unspeakable ways. Today they smiled as they performed a song with friends they have come to trust and love. They still have many obstacles to overcome, but they have love and champions to stand by their side. I am confident that our new friends will have bright futures.
As these 4 girls were singing this hope-filled song, another girl was living in deep despair. A rescue effort was being made to save her, and God was faithful to swing wide the door of this dark place. He reached in with His strong arm and pulled out the innocent young girl. She now has a chance to live life because there were some who shared God’s passion of justice. With time, this girl will smile, laugh, dance and sing again.
So often we speak of God’s righteousness, holiness, compassion and mercy. But, justice which is at the very foundation of His throne is misunderstood and overlooked. We think of injustice as life just not giving us a fair shake. We fail to realize that somewhere in the world the powerful are oppressing the weak. God calls us to speak out on behalf of the oppressed.
I urge you to embrace justice. Would the church arise and let this be our cry. Share Jesus’ passion for the innocent. Somewhere a young girl is in need of someone to speak out on her behalf. Somewhere a young girl is living in fear and dread as evil rapes her. Somewhere a young girl thinks she is forgotten and all alone. She needs someone to be her champion. She needs someone to reach in and save her. It may be that we are her only hope.