O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt. Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you. For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.
Food For Thought:
My favorite line in this passage of Scripture is, you have been a refuge to the poor and needy. I think this is one of the most important things that we as Christians are called to do. We are called to reach out to the lost, the needy, the poor, and the outcast. This was modeled throughout Jesus’ ministry and the people that he reached out to. Think of some person or some group of people that falls into this category and reach out to them with the words of grace and love, not pity.
Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out life with such abundance that death cannot claim the triumph over your universe. Call us again to your banquet where we may receive your holy food, and strengthened by what is honorable, just, and pure, be transformed into a people of righteousness and peace. In your precious name we pray, Amen.