Psalm 37: 25-26 ” I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.”

Staying in Psalm 37 today, you can see the progression of these verses.  David, the writer of this Psalm, has followed the Lord all his life, and by experience can vouch that God is his helper and will never leave or forsake those who believe in Him.  In turn, because such mercy and favor has been shown to him, he is then obligated to show the same mercy to others.  In Leviticus 25:35, the Lord was very clear about this, “Helping your countrymen if they become poor so they may remain among you.”   The Hebrew word for “helping” describes supporting, strengthening, encouraging, and repairing those around us that are lacking to maintain a strong community…but also because we have been graciously blessed first.

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