Poverty on a Macro Level

One of my favorite lyricists, Jason Upton, wrote the following meditation somewhere in early 2001. Not only is it eerily accurate, but I reconsider it every time I hear the news.

There’s a power in poverty that breaks principalities
It brings the authorities down to their knees
There’s a brewing frustration, an ageless temptation
A fight for control by some manipulation

But the God of the kingdoms and the God of the Nations
The God of creation sends this revelation
Through the homeless and penniless Jesus, the Son:
The poor will inherit the Kingdom to come

Where will we turn when our world falls apart
And all of the treasures we’ve stored in our barns
Can’t buy the Kingdom of God?

Who will we praise when we’ve praised all our lives
men who build Kingdoms and men who build fame
And Heaven does not know their names?

What will we fear when all that remains
Is God on the throne, with a child in His arms and love in His eyes
And the sound of His heart cry?
We were meant to help each other through this life, and in my own experience, help works best one on one.

Broken down to the most practical of levels. Applied in the most direct way.

Sometimes the first step toward divine alchemy is the simple denial of self in a space of time just long enough for giving.

Forget the policies and regulations for once, and humanize your conviction to this macro level. Whose hand will you personally hold today?


Lyrics taken from “Poverty,” which appears on Faith by Jason Upton


5 thoughts on “Poverty on a Macro Level

  1. silver price says:

    We all know that there is more to life than just living for yourself. There must be a cause, reason, purpose that I’m here than to just take up space. All of us need somebody in our lives who can inspire us to be what we could be. There are people in your life that God wants to use you to be a people builder for them, bring out the best in others, to inspire people to be what he knows they could be.

  2. Rita F. Mathews says:

    When I think of the grace of God, I think of steadfast love, compassion, mercy—a kind of unconditional acceptance that is unlike human love. To me, Psalm 103 describes the way in which God reaches out to us with this forgiving, all-encompassing love. The other powerful illustration of “grace” is the way Jesus treated persons– accepting those who were considered outcasts by eating with them, healing them, listening and talking with them.

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