Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
“Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!” – The Message Bible
I love the message version of this passage. It instructs us to speak up for those with “no voice” to speak out for “justice” and to stand up for those in need!
Notice how it begins with three different commands (speak up, speak out and stand up). Each of the situations is different and therefore, requires a different form of intervention. This is not a “throw some money at it” kind of call to action. In some cases that may be what God asks you to do, but other times he might ask something more, like hands on involvement.
The three situations differ also in who we are asked to help.
– Those with “no voice” immediately makes me think of the millions of innocent lives that are taken before they are even able to speak a single word. Abortion is something close to my heart! (I usually leave the politics and controversial topics out of my blog but, I believe that this verse is a direct call to action!) We need to stop this meaningless violence and intentional sin! We need to let our vote stand for true Christian values, not our conveniences!
– For “justice” makes me think more judicially. We must always extend the hand of forgiveness and still allow consequences to take effect. This is a hard thing to wrap our minds around. Many times we don’t forgive because we can’t forget. That is not what we are instructed to do. Forgiveness is not and cannot equal forgetfulness! We also must stand out and make ourselves set apart. Separating ourselves from those who are being in-just or sometimes stopping our own in-just actions. Love the sinner/hate the sin! And make sure we remove our own plank.
– Stand up for the poor and destitute! We all probably give in some way or another but; usually it is out of our excess! God is calling his people to do more- To give until it hurts! This might be using your vacation time and money for missions, it might be selling extra resources to help those who need it more than we do, and it might just mean sacrificing TV time to pray for those who are struggling!
A song popped into my head as I was meditating on these verses. It is titled “The Servant Song” I found this video of the song on YouTube and thought I would share. I love the beginning quote!
Lord, teach me your ways that I might walk with you. Help me to see past myself and to those who are hurting. Show me ways that I may be your servant. Let me be as Christ to those in need. Use me, work through me! Amen