Georgina Hall reflects on compassion ……

(re-tweeted with thanks from Through Faith Missions)

Psalm 112[a]

I love to read the Psalms. There is something so very alive about them that sometimes I find myself rather breathlessly reading through the bits about slaying the enemy with a heightened awareness of the Lord’s presence all around.

And then there are the bits about the believers’ “light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.” (Ps 112) I read and agree with the first part because I have experienced Gods light in the darkness. I have seen him work in my own life and the lives of my colleagues, friends, family and in the world. But, as a result of that can I say I am generous and compassionate? Does recognising His presence make me generous and compassionate? Can I ever genuinely say “Teach me your decrees, o Lord; I will keep them to the end.“(Ps 119 vs 33)? I want to be able to do so but the flesh is fearfully weak, I cannot do this in my own strength!

However, there is hope. Holy Spirit! “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Gal 5:22-23) These things embrace compassion and generosity. Eph 4 vs 32 covers the righteousness. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

And so I read the Psalms – in the light of David and the other psalmists – as a modern day Christian who sins, but wants more than anything to be so very close to the One who created me to worship Him.

“But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
 Keep your servant also from wilful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.“(Ps 19 vs 12-14)

You may want to claim this prayer for yourself.

Holy Spirit come…..come and live in me today. Refresh me, refill me, make me generous and compassionate that others would see you in my words and actions and see how they can be transformed by you! Lord, I want to love you more. “Teach me your decrees, o Lord; I will keep them to the end“. Amen


Georgina Hall

Through Faith Missions