Knights in medieval times pledged to follow a code of chivalry. Part of the code was to champion the right and the good against injustice and evil. When my oldest son attended high school, I often prayed that he would be God’s champion there. He came home one day and told me how he had stood up for a classmate when a teacher treated the young man unfairly. The teacher commented to my son, “Who made you his champion?” God had answered my prayers and the story still gives me goose bumps.
In this part of Proverbs, King Lemuel, as taught by his mother, proclaims God’s heart that His children be the champion of those around them:
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31: 8, 9 NIV
Who around you needs a champion? Speak up. Stand tall. Be God’s champion for someone today.