The Lord Be With You Today! Isaiah 1:17b Defend the oppressed. (the Lord calls us not only to help the oppressed, but also to correct the oppressor, which is also a part of defending and seeking justice for those under the yoke of oppression; the word defend here means to proceed and walk straight forward without deviating to the side, the connotation being that, as we defend the oppressed and correct the oppressor, we walk forward into success; when we take up the cause of the defenseless today, the Lord is on our side and causes us to walk into success) Take up the cause of the fatherless; Plead the cause of the widow. (as specific examples of those often vulnerable to oppression, the Lord calls us to defend the orphan and the widow, which is the “pure religion” that James describes: “looking after orphans and widows in their distress;” may the Lord open our eyes today to see those who need us to be “fathers” and “husbands” to them and may He teach us how to defend them and to take up their cause) May the Lord richly bless you this day!