Psalms 41: Helping the Poor
When you’re reading the Beatitudes, we hear about the poor being blessed. When you read Psalms 41, you hear about those who help the poor being blessed.
Psa 41:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
Psa 41:2 The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
Psa 41:3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.
Personally, this connection seems a little bit loose at first glance. If you help the poor, God will help you especially when you are sick or in pain. What is the connection between these two?
I think that has a lot to do with being comforted. When you help those who are poor, you’re helping them add something that makes their lives more comfortable. If they need food and you provide food, you are obviously filling a very basic need that will make them more comfortable. Sometimes, you can’t change everything to improve someone’s situation, but you can help make them more comfortable in these difficult times.
God is a little bit different, but there are definite similarities here. For one thing, God can make people healthy. He does have the power to change our entire situation even though it is not always His will to do that. What He does promise is that He will be there to comfort us like we are there to comfort other people. Even if you are in bed sick, you have the peace that comes from God. God will be there with you, and He will help you persevere even though your life circumstances might be incredibly difficult or painful.
We want God to be there with us, and we want God to be our comforter. We also have the responsibility though to help those who need comfort all the time. Remember how Jesus always cared about those who needed help, and that should help guide our outlook.