Leave your fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let your widows trust in me.
No subject is more open to general observation, or more confirmed by manifold experience, than the goodness of God. In Scripture it is most frequently presented to us in the light of compassion to the distresses of mankind (Psalm 102:17; Psalm 10:17; Psalm 58:5; Psalm 69:33; Psalm 146:7; Psalm 22:24, &c.).
I. THE DISCOVERIES OF DIVINE COMPASSION WERE PURPOSELY INTENDED TO FURNISH TO US PARTICULAR GROUND FOR TRUST IN GOD AMID ALL THE VICISSITUDES OF HUMAN LIFE. Compassion is a principle which we all feel and know. We know that it is the strongest of all benevolent instincts in our nature, and that it tends directly to interest us in behalf of those who need our aid. We are taught to believe that a similar attribute belongs to the Divine nature; in order that, from that species of goodness which we are best acquainted with, and which we can most rely upon, we may be trained both to love our Almighty Benefactor, and, as long as we are in the practice of our duty, to trust to His protection amid every distress. Compassion to the unfortunate, as it is exerted among men, is indeed accompanied with certain disturbed and painful feelings, arising from sympathy with those whom we pity. But every such feeling we must remove from our thoughts when we ascribe an affection of this nature to the Deity. His compassion is such a regard as suits the perfection of the great Governor of the universe, whose benignity, undisturbed by any violent emotion, ever maintains the same tranquil tenor, like the unruffled and uninterrupted serenity of the highest heavens.
II. SUCH DISCOVERIES OF THE DIVINE NATURE WERE DESIGNED, NOT ONLY TO ADMINISTER ENCOURAGEMENT AND CONSOLATION, BUT ALSO TO EXHIBIT THE PATTERN OF THAT DISPOSITION WHICH WE ARE BOUND, IN OUR MEASURE, TO IMITATE AND FOLLOW. That hardness of heart which renders men insensible to the distresses of their brethren, that insolence of prosperity which inspires them with contempt of those who are fallen below them, are always represented in Scripture as dispositions most opposite to the nature of God, and most hateful in His sight. In order to make this appear in the strongest light, He has turned His goodness chiefly into the channel of compassionate regard to those whom the selfish and proud despise (Psalm 12:5; Psalm 10:17, 18).
III. IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN LIFE INNUMERABLE OCCASIONS PRESENT THEMSELVES FOR ALL THE EXERCISES OF THAT HUMANITY AND BENIGNITY TO WHICH WE ARE SO POWERFULLY PROMPTED. The diversities of rank among men, the changes of fortune to which all, in every rank, are liable, the necessities of the poor, the wants of helpless youth, the infirmities of declining age, are always giving opportunities for the display of humane affections.
(Hugh Blair, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in me.