Archive for September 15th, 2012

Psalm 41

Psalm 41 reminds us that God cares for those who are less fortunate.  “Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him; the Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land”.  That is quite a promise.  God does pay attention to how we live and what we do.  And God is not oblivious to those less fortunate.  He knows about widows and orphans, the hungry and those in need.  And God expects those of us with plenty to share it freely with those who don’t have anything.

Scripture is clear in many places that God cares for those in need.  So the question is – how are you doing in serving those folks?  How we live does matter.  We can talk about all sorts of things – but our checkbook really tells the story.  Often people talk a good talk but when you look in the check register, you find that their talk is not aligned with the checkbook.  We need to be sure that we are giving freely to those less fortunate.  We need to be living our faith.

The psalmist is under attack from all sorts of places, but the things that is most troubling for him, and for us when it happens is this: “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me”.  It’s one thing when we are attacked from outside, but it is really frustrating when those attacks come from our friends.  When those we have invested in and given to turn on us, it makes us angry.  The reality is that people are people and it will happen to us – not by all those who we call friends – but certainly by some.

At the end of the day, we truly can’t trust anyone except God.  “You have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever”.  God pays attention to how we live.  He notices our integrity.  How we live matters.  And when we live that way, we are put in God’s presence forever.  We are connected to the rock that does not move.  We are in the presence of the God who never changes.  We have a future that is secure, and a power that never runs out.  God is our rock.  He is our source of eternal life. We need to walk with integrity and cling to Him!

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