Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. ~Proverbs 31:8-9 ESV
In Psalm 82:3, God declares:
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
In Jeremiah 5:28, the Lord condemns the people of Israel for forgetting about justice:
Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not seek justice. They do not promote the case of the fatherless; they do not defend the just cause of the poor.
And in Jeremiah 22:16, God has these words of praise for Josiah, who served faithfully as King of Judah:
He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?
The cause of the poor, according to this verse, is a just cause. The Lord even says that defending the needy is a living definition of having a good relationship with your creator.
As a Christian, you are a child of the king, and part of a royal priesthood. Like Lemuel’s mother, God expects you to act the part. What will you do today to speak up for people who have no voice? How will you defend those who cannot defend themselves?