I am something of an old cartoon buff. I was told when I was eleven years old that I would outgrow watching them – I’m still waiting for that day. I, of course, enjoyed watching Underdog. There is something deep within the human psyche that cheers for the underdog. Wally Cox was the perfect voice for the mild-mannered shoe-shine boy to take his underdog super energy pill and fly through the sky to rescue Sweet Polly Purebread.
That “something” that is within us that identifies with the underdog is the justice of God. Today’s psalm lets us know that God cares about the underdog. There ought to be no doubt that God is deeply concerned for those who are powerless, defenseless, and on the margins of society. The psalmist identifies such persons: those who are hungry; the prisoners; the blind; those bowed down; the orphan; and, the widow. All these people represent individuals without ability to be movers and shakers in their culture. In short, they need God.
And God delights to use his power to lift them up. What is more, truth be told, it turns out that all of us are underdogs. We all need God. Every action and decision we take and make is really God’s grace and enablement to do it. We owe it all to him. Thus, the logical and reasonable response to such a God is praise – to declare our hallelujahs to the one who reigns forever and will always see humanity’s great need. How will you praise him today for who he is and for what he has done? Let such praise shape your soul and lift your spirit as you intentionally connect with the gracious God who gives the underdog what he needs.
Eternal God, you reign forever and ever. I praise you as long as I live. I put my trust in you, and not in those in society who wield their apparent power and influence. Let them wallow in their delusions while I declare the mighty Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.