Read Psalm 72
The protection of those who are weak is an integral part of God’s sacred design.
In Psalm 72 we find King David offering a prayerful instruction for his son Solomon, who will become the ruler of a nation. David’s expression of devotion and care for his people is a foreshadowing of the righteous reign of Christ and his promise and covenant. “For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. … From oppression and violence he redeems their life.…” (Psalm 72:12-14).
What an amazing vision of an earthly kingdom and its king functioning as God desires! Although we’re not accustomed to life under a king’s rule, we can read Psalm 72 in light of our present reality and discern the characteristics of godly leadership. Our current government bears little resemblance to a monarchy, yet it still decides whether to save those who are weak from oppression and violence.
Instead of a kingly image, in Jesus Christ we are offered a servant expression of God’s grand vision. God was made flesh in Jesus and dwelt among us, as servant, addressing the vulnerabilities of those around him—sins were forgiven, sight restored, and sickness healed (Matthew 15:30-31). Whether found in the image of king or servant, God’s care for poor people is constant and abiding.
As people of God, we recognize that hunger is a serious problem in our country. Nearly 49 million Americans—including more than one in five children—live in households that struggle to put food on the table. Scripture tells us that God is concerned about weak and vulnerable people. National nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps), and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) help safeguard the health of low-income children and families. These vital nutrition programs meet the needs of millions of American families.
As so many hungry people in our country pray about empty cupboards, grumbling stomachs, skipping meals, or finding food pantry assistance, national nutrition programs can be an answer to their prayers. God responds to those in need. These government nutrition programs protect the neediest among us, and faithful citizens must also respond and protect those vital programs.