Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. Psalm 41:1 (KJV)
How many times have you heard something like this said, “They are only poor because of foolish spending” There are many various phrases similar to that one we have heard, or maybe even used ourselves.
The topic of poverty, and the poor is not an easy subject to address, or to deal with. There are folks who have not thrived in an affluent society due to misuse, and abuse of finances. I know that I have done my share of that as well.
Let us address who are the poor of the above text? The Psalmist is addressing the lowly, the poor, the physically weak, and ill. The Bible addresses poverty many more times, and how we are to help them. When harvesting fields the land owner was to leave a corner for the poor to glean, so they too would have something to eat. That included the orchards and other things too.
One thing I know about providing aid for the poor is that it should not be seen as a burden, but a result of our blessings; and being a blessing to those less fortunate.
This Psalm begins with a Beatitude “Blessed” which is a happiness we are to enjoy. Those who cause the poor to prosper will be happy, and are recipients of protection and keeping from the LORD themselves.
Be “Blessed” today.