“The Lord Watches Over the Foreigner”
by Piero Gorriti, ATS Graduate Intern
Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
The Lord reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord.
On January 2008 I left Peru. I left my country, my family, my church, and my comfort. God opened the doors for me to study college outside of my country. Since I stepped in the US, I have learned to live by faith. I did not know how I was going to make it through college financially, emotionally and academically speaking. However, for these last couple of years this Psalm reminds me that I am not to rely on a country, or on princes and men. But that I am only to rely on the almighty God the maker of heaven and earth.
Ps. 146:9 has been constantly in my devotionals. God not only is reminding me that He watches over me as I am outside of my home country far from my loved ones. But that I am a citizen of Heaven, and even though I seem strange and foreign to this world; I am not to trust the “princes”, but only one: God, the creator of Heaven and earth.
If you ever feel abandoned in the midst of tribulations and a foreigner to this world. Remember that you are a citizen of heaven and to trust God, because He surely is WATCHING over you.