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Today, it was Psalm 72:

May all kings bow before him, all nations serve him.
For he rescues the poor when they cry out, the oppressed who have no one to help.
He shows pity to the needy and the poor and saves the lives of the poor.
5 From extortion and violence he frees them, for precious is their blood in his sight.


I just read Psalm 68 today, as part of the BCP Monthly Cycle.

Here's what it says:

3 Sing to God, praise the divine name; exalt the rider of the clouds. Rejoice before this God whose name is the LORD.
Father of the fatherless, defender of widows-- this is the God whose abode is holy,
4 Who gives a home to the forsaken, who leads prisoners out to prosperity, while rebels live in the desert.

And this is just one of many such references - to God as defender of widows and orphans - in the Psalms. (It's a good thing to say Morning Prayer every day, so that a person can learn these things she never knew before!)


Great post. But I have to say I disagree that Justice and Mercy are the same in the bible. Mercy is forgiving someone even when they have done something despicable, like abused the poor. Justice would have that person punished. Jesus, for example, forgave tax collectors who regularly took advantage of the very people the rules of justice sought to protect. And yet, He sat and ate with them and even included them in his band of apostles. That is not justice. They didn't deserve that. They didn't do anything to earn it. He just forgave them freely. That is mercy.

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