Read Psalm 113
Focus on verse 7-8
Have you ever considered why it is that we like to see the underdog win? When I watch competitive sports (which is not all that often), I very often will find myself cheering for the team or individual who is rated as less likely to win. The greater the mismatch the greater the upset…the greater the upset, the more exciting the game becomes. One of the most well known biblical examples of this kind of upset is the story of David and Goliath. By human estimation the odds of David surviving that battle were one in a million, yet in that case the odds were defied and David came out on top. It makes for a great “feel good” story every time.
The incident of David and Goliath is far from the only story in the Bible where the underdog comes out on top. It would seem, in fact, that God seems to favor those who by human standards don’t have much of a chance to win, especially when they make a point of trusting God to intervene to turn the tables.
In Psalm 113 the writer says of God, “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.” (v. 7-8) In other words God is in the business of lifting up those whom He chooses to lift up, and humbling those He chooses to humble, and I might add, it is absolutely within His right to do it. The other thing we might notice is that those who praise Him, and bless Him, and trust Him tend to be the ones He chooses to lift up. It’s not always a material thing either, lest we lock ourselves in to what His blessing looks like. Some of the wealthiest people I know don’t have a lot of material stuff. It all comes down to how you measure success but that is a topic for another post. Today we are celebrating the underdog, and the prospect that when it comes to matters of eternal significance…being the underdog might just be the best place to be.