Blessed is the person who is kind to the poor, David says. On the contrary, if we take advantage of them, the LORD will justly punish us.
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.
NLT translation: Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The LORD rescues them when they are in trouble.
kind to the poor. In the U.S., it is very popular for Christians to express contempt for the poor. Christians assert that poor people are lazy and steal resources from the rich. However, the Bible calls us to have compassion for the poor and to help them by giving them money and other assistance.
The LORD will deliver him. All the wonderful promises that follow in this chapter are conditional. They are conditional based on considering the poor.
VERSE 2. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive. He shall be blessed on the earth, and he will not surrender him to the will of his enemies.
VERSE 3. The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed, and restore him from his bed of illness.
VERSE 4. I said, “LORD, have mercy on me! Heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
LORD, have mercy on me. We all cry for mercy. Yet have we extended mercy to other people?
Matthew 5:7. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
VERSE 5. My enemies speak evil against me: “When will he die, and his name perish?”
VERSE 6. If he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood. His heart gathers iniquity to itself. When he goes abroad, he tells it.
VERSE 7. All who hate me whisper together against me. They imagine the worst for me.
VERSE 8. “An evil disease”, they say, “has afflicted him. Now that he lies he shall rise up no more.”
VERSE 9. Yes, my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, who ate bread with me, has lifted up his heel against me.
lifted up his heel against me. David is speaking of the treachery of his friend Ahithophel, who betrayed him, and then hanged himself. In the fullness of time, the Lord Jesus Christ invoked these words about Judas.
John 13:18. I don’t speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen. But that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me.’
VERSE 10. But you, LORD, have mercy on me, and raise me up, that I may repay them.
VERSE 11. By this I know that you delight in me, because my enemy doesn’t triumph over me.
VERSE 12. As for me, you uphold me in my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.
VERSE 13. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting and to everlasting! Amen and amen.
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