God places the lonely in families;
he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy
But he makes the rebellious live in a
Oh, how I do not want to live in a sun-scorched land!
Have you felt at times that you were there? Completely alone, with nothing to nourish or sustain life? I have been in such a land, and I do not wish to dwell there.
I am fascinated by the placement of these statements in the middle of a song praising the power and greatness of the Lord of the universe. It’s quite a chapter, describing God smashing his enemies, blowing them away like smoke, melting them like wax in a fire, and all the earth trembling before him.
And in the middle of all that, we have a statement that God places the lonely in families. Later comes this picture: Each day he carries us in his arms. Our God is a God who saves!
In the New Testament, we read that all of us who believe in Jesus can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit and become members of God’s family.
For the children of God, there are bonds stronger than human family relationships. Even those of us who have strong family ties can feel a deeper loneliness.
But the Father has chosen you, child of God, and brought you into a family in a realm far beyond any earthly family. Connections that transcend family trees and blood identities and the short span of human life are the work of the Spirit, placing us in the family of God.
Psalm 68:5,19-20; Ephesians 2:18-19 (all NLT)
Coming up: Let’s get real. Families fight, families fall apart, family members murder each other.