Week 28: Crystal Clear

Today’s Text: Psalms 81-83

Key Text: Psalm 82:1-3

God presides in the great assembly;

   he renders judgment among the “gods”:

“How long will you defend the unjust

   and show partiality to the wicked?”

Defend the weak and the fatherless;

   uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

Rescue the weak and the needy;

   deliver them from the hand of the wicked.


Some things are really complicated.

They require careful study, great patience and discernment, and there may be great debate as to how certain matters should be handled.

I listen to the news, watch diplomats and politicians in tense negotiation, see business and community leaders grappling with complex issues, and am happy that it does not fall to me to be making the critically important decisions which may affect millions of lives.

I see those running for political office, making great claims about their ability to handle such issues, and think, “be careful for what you wish, you might just get it.”

I see scientists at work studying the mysteries of the universe and wonder how they do it.

Then, I read a scripture like the one above…and I think…some things are simple.

Some things are crystal clear.

They are beyond debate. They are beyond question. They are not to be the source of argument. They are simply what we are to do.

Defend the weak and the fatherless;

   uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

Rescue the weak and the needy;

   deliver them from the hand of the wicked.


Sounds crystal clear to me.



By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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