Psalm 118:21-24 The Unlikely, Misfits, Runts, and the Stone the Builders Rejected

5 04 2013

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I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You, for You have heard and answered me; and You have become my Salvation and Deliverer.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

This is from the Lord and is His doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:21-24 (AMP)

God has a sense of humor.  Otherwise He would not have transformed a scrawny little shepherd boy into King David.  David had several strong, bold, older brothers, which made God’s choice of the “runt” all the more peculiar.

If not for having a rich sense of humor, God would not have chosen to make Abraham the father of multitudes- when Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90.  Their son’s name- Isaac- means “laughter,” because when the angel of the Lord told Sarah she would have a son in her advanced age, Sarah laughed.  I would have laughed too.  The idea of a 90 year old woman having a child seems like too much to believe, which might just have been the point.  If God says a 90 year old woman is going to have a child. then she will- laughter or not.

I’m encouraged by God’s pattern of choosing the rejected, the unlikely, and the unlovely.  His choice of a family for His Son was unexpected as well- Jesus was not born into a palace, the protected and coddled child of a high-born princess.  God placed Him with a poor teenage girl and her bewildered betrothed.  Instead of being born in the finest of estates, Jesus arrived in human form in an animal barn.

God has a soft spot for the runt, the nerd, the misfit, the modest and the poor.  That encourages me.

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The world has far different standards for worth and success than God does.  The world says, “Do unto others- and run,”  while Jesus in His wisdom says, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 (NRSV)

The world tells us some lives are expendable- especially the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly.  Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Matthew 19:14 (NRSV)

I’m glad that God loves the weak and the meek, because the world has no place for them.

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Lord, help me remember that You love the weak, the meek, the misfits, the runts, the nerds and everyone else the world doesn’t care about.  Help me to be your eyes and hands and heart toward those who the world rejects, even as You were once rejected by the world.