“O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” Psalms 10:17-18 ESV
The psalmist cries out for justice for those who are experiencing injustice at the hand of the wicked. In these verses the Psalmist proclaims his confidence in the Lord who hears the desire of the afflicted. He will respond to their needs and will provide strength. Those who are most afflicted, the fatherless and the oppressed, the Lord will hear their cry and bring about justice.
It is easy to go about our daily lives without any recognition of the fatherless and the oppressed within our community and cities. In our church office we see many families looking for support and encouragement. One of the common elements we see in reoccurring cases is the fatherless of families. Ninety percent of the time when a family comes in for financial support it is done by the mother because there is no father in the home. This fatherless condition not only causes financial strains on the family but also spiritual effects as well.
What is happening throughout our communities is that men have chosen to step away from their God given responsibilities in the home and families are left without their influence and protection. There are some homes where the father is present but he has taken a passive role rather than an active role in the care and guidance of his family. The impact is that the fatherless find themselves without leadership and are easy prey to the wicked who oppress them.
There are no easy answers but one step in the right direction is for fathers to “man up” and take the leadership roles and responsibilities the Lord has called them to accomplish. First fathers need to be men of God. To grow in their relationship with Christ and become committed follower who yield one hundred percent of their lives and leadership. Secondly fathers need to be present and engage in the family process. Rather than come home from a long day and become passive, fathers need to engage in the family process. Finally fathers need to provide support and protection for his wife and children. This comes in the area of finances, emotional, physical, and spiritual support. He is the one who will stand against the schemes of the wicked who want to oppress and destroy.
Lord may I be a father who walks with you and is fully engage in the family process. I also ask that you will show me the fatherless in my church, community and city that I may join you in defending those who are oppressed and afflicted.