Tag Archive | poor and needy

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.

Proverbs 31: 8-9 ” Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

The Hebrew word used here for “speak up” is quite literally, “Open your mouth!”  We are to not only speak up for the poor and needy, but be willing to contend for them with honesty and integrity.   Proverbs 29:7 tells us that the righteous care about justice for the poor… and showing that we care means speaking up.