Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
“I said, ‘you are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’ But you will die like mere mortals; you will fall like every other ruler.” (V.6 & 7)
Wake up Call to the Rulers: In this passage psalmist, Asaph sends a message to the rulers saying that they too will be judged. In ancient times most of the rulers thought possession were important than the welfare of the people. There is still lot of discrimination based on how rich or poor you are. This is a call to the rulers to remind them you are appointed by God to take care of the poor and needy.
Wake up call to the non-rulers: This is applicable in the lives of non-rulers too. People in general have a have a tendency to look to the rich and the powerful people in the society. We might have seen a lot of people talking about their connections to the upper class of the society. If we happen to meet anybody from Hollywood or white house, imagine what all we do. We might take photos with them; publish it all over the social network. Nobody really talks if they happened to meet the poor and beaten.
You might have heard a story about a man who was capable of loving and forgiving everyone he came across. He used to travel around the world in the sun making sculpture on stone. God becomes very happy about him and send an angel asking what kind of power he would like to have; He said nothing. Angel said she cannot go back without giving him some kind of command. She asked whether he would like to have the power of healing. He said it should come from God not from him. Finally he agrees to let the angel give him a power which he does not want to know about. Angel gave healing power to his shadow, but only when the sun shines on his face. Since he is facing Sun, shadow will be behind him and he will be unaware of his holiness. He went on with his work travelling all around carving stone in the sun and his shadow helped lots of people and all the land shadow touched became fertile.
So we, as sons and daughters of God and are supposed to do the works of our father in heaven regardless of any reward.
Look for Help: Asaph continues to say – “Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.” This is where you ask help from God. We understand we inherit everything from GOD. We have nothing. God has the power to judge us. We work towards the glory of God by helping the poor and downtrodden so the final judgment day will be a victorious one to all of us.
Prayer: Lord we pray for all the rulers of the world . Empower them with wisdom so that they work tirelessly for the betterment of the poor and needy; not for the wealth of themselves. We may ask you that you help us to understand the need of the society and to love and help everybody in the same way as you love us. In your name we pray. Amen.
Thought for the day: “Nothing is more powerful than God's redeeming love”