Revelation 18; Isaiah 3-4; Psalm 109:1-19
When friends gather around, especially at my age, they sometimes start looking towards the future. “How would you want to be remembered?” is a question that enters the discussion. Soon jokes from the old tombstones come to mind: “I told you I was sick,” being one of the old favorites. Then as the discussion gets more serious, people start talking about how they would like to be remembered. “Loving husband,” “great father,” “amazing wife;” you know the kinds of things I’m talking about.
Today’s Psalm has a description of a wicked person that is painful to read; I pray that no one would ever think this of me or my friends. “For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.” (Psalm 109:16) Unfortunately, this describes too many people today. We live in a time when we can attack others anonymously on the internet. Pictures are posted to belittle others, hashtags are designed as attacks, someone makes a mistake and soon they are being ridiculed and castigated in public. Don’t believe me? Ask the Michigan punter. (And I confess that I joined in on some of that – to my shame.)
As followers of Christ, we should be about the opposite. Of us it should be said that we never failed to do a kindness and found ways to help the poor, the needy, and the broken-hearted. It’s really just as easy to live that way as it is to live the way of the man mentioned by the Psalmist. At first, the wrong way seems more fun, though. When we see people’s lives changed because we did things the right way, the long lasting joy and satisfaction is so much better.
Lord, I confess that I have joined in with those who don’t know kindness and find ways to abuse other people. Forgive me. Let me live my life so that people will say that I never missed a chance to show Your kindness to others.