Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Its not too late to give to Christian Aid!

Psalm 111 (New International Version)

1 Praise the LORD.
I will extol the LORD with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

2 Great are the works of the LORD;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.

3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.

4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the LORD is gracious and compassionate.

5 He provides food for those who fear him;

he remembers his covenant forever.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
giving them the lands of other nations.

7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.

8 They are steadfast for ever and ever,
done in faithfulness and uprightness.

9 He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.

This is a fantastic, uplifting psalm of worship to God, but just one line seems to me to sit uncomfortably in it:

V5: "He provides food for those who fear him;"

How can we agree with this when huge tracts of the world are starving? The answer, I believe, is that God has provided sufficient for everyone in the world to be fed - the problem is that it is not currently in the right places!

If any of the publicity produced for last week's Christian Aid week has hit home, how can we fail to be moved by the contrasts in life style and expectations in some of the poorest countries compared with our own - even in what the politicians keep telling us are going to be times of hardship as we struggle to repay the massive deficit accrued during the recession.

So my simple message today is this: if you have still not contributed to Christian Aid week - do so now. Its easy to donate online at And if you have already donated, please consider whether, given you lifestyle, what you have given is generous enough.

V4: "The LORD is gracious and compassionate."

Are we?

V10: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.


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