1Vindicate me, my God,
and plead my cause
against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked. (Psalm 43:1)
The Book of Psalms has a number of beautiful, memorable verses. The verse today comes from the deeper reading plan and jumped out at me when I read it last night. David wrote this Psalm speaking of the unfaithfulness of the Israel nation, which we have read about over and over again in the first five months of the year. Even though this verse was written thousands of years ago, it still has powerful relevance and a prayer I speak over our own unfaithful nation. The great Christian nation of America, that was meant to be a beacon of light for the world, continues to struggle with her identity. We claim to be a “nation under God,” but more turn away from God every day. Our biggest denominations cause more division than unity in this country. We are more concerned with what we drive than those struggling on the streets as we drive by them. We are at the golf course every weekend but would never be caught taking a swing at volunteering once a week. We let electronics babysit and raise our children, instead of pouring into them and raising them to respect authority and each other. We would rather sit and watch mindless series after series instead of picking up a book to better our lives, and we still refuse to read the Bible, the greatest story ever told.
So I plead just as David did: “Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.” So yeah, America, if you claim to be a Christian nation but you refuse to help the poor, the widow, the orphan, you are deceitful and wicked in the face of my God.
Rant over. Have a great weekend friends. Get out and be the light on top of the hill. It is our destiny and purpose.
Reading plan: Romans 5
Deeper reading plan: Psalms 42-50