Today’s reading was: Psalms 39-41
As I read through the Psalms I see David desperately cry out to the Lord for help for himself; help for protection from his enemies, help for atonement from sin, help for living a godly life.
However, he doesn’t just cry out for justice in his own life, but he also asks that the Lord will show mercy to those who have need.
He continually pleads his case with God throughout the Psalms for justice for the poor, for the orphans, for the needy.
“Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from grasp of evil people.” Psalm 82:4
This is something David feels passionately about. This is something he cries out about. This is part of his DNA.
I feel the same way David did, and so does National Community Church. The cause of the poor, the orphan and those in need are all a part of our church DNA.
What is so interesting about the Psalms is that he also states with assurance that the poor, the needy and the orphan WILL be taken care of.
“For the needy will not be forgotten forever; the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.” Psalms 8:18
David pleads with the Lord to help those in need, and then starts off Psalm 41 by noting that the Lord blesses, rescues, saves, prospers, nurses and comforts those who are kind to the poor.
“Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor. The Lord rescues them in times of trouble. The Lord protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity and rescues them from their enemies. The Lord nurses them when they are sick and eases their pain and discomfort.” Psalms 41:1-3
David is communicating that it is people who fulfill this promise that the poor will not be crushed, but will be taken care of. Not only that, but those people will be blessed!
We are living in the capital of the most powerful nation on the planet. Yet 16% of DC lives below the poverty line. We have the highest child poverty rate in America. We have people in need that are within an arm’s reach of you right now.
David has the assurance that the Lord will provide the people that will administer justice to help those in need. He also claims with boldness that blessings will come to those who step out of their comfort zone to help someone in need.
It is an honor to serve the Lord by serving the poor. And, as is true of God’s character, we get the blessings when we are the ones being blessed by the task He has put before us.
How can you fulfill the promises of God by serving someone in need?