Mmmm Fresh Seafood at Cantonese Yumcha Mmmm
In Australia, we have amazing, authentic Asian food!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College last semester, I ate mouthfuls of Old Testament.
1 Praise the Lord.Praise the Lord, my soul.
2 I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them –
he remains faithful for ever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
8 the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the alien
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
10 The Lord reigns for ever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord.
Recently I was reading this passage in my personal Bible reading session.
Many of the psalms were written to be sung by the Israelite community praising God.
Many of the psalms were written by King David as blogged about in 2 Samuel.
But the author of this psalm is anonymous with a surprising statement about kingship.
The psalmist tells us not to put our trust in princes because they are only human beings.
Kings eventually die like everyone else and cannot save us.
Australia has just elected a new government who asked us to trust them.
But they will eventually pass away in time.
Instead we must trust in God alone – the creator of Heaven and Earth.
God sent his son Jesus to save us and conquer death forever.
God raised Jesus to rule as King of the universe.
Jesus can be trusted as our King because he lives forever.
Only Jesus can save us as governments will surely disappoint us.
But that’s not all: this psalm also reveals that God cares about the oppressed and the poor.
This includes asylum seekers and refugees who are aliens in Australia.
God cares about the refugees even when our “Christian” politicians try to “hide” the problem.
The number of refugees coming by boat to Australia is tiny compared to those fleeing Syria.
2 million Syrian refugees are fleeing into surrounding countries to escape civil war.
Instead of cruelly turning them back:
Syria’s neighbours are trying hard to accommodate these traumatised people.
So why are Australian politicians complaining about our asylum seeker intake which is a measly 2.5% of what Syria’s neighbours are dealing with?
Why doesn’t the Australian community show more compassion towards vulnerable refugees?
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