Kindness to Those in Need

Psalm 41:1-9  
For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble. The LORD protects and preserves them—they are counted among the blessed in the land—he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. I said, “Have mercy on me, LORD; heal me, for I have sinned against you.” My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish?” When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around. All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying, “A vile disease has afflicted him; he will never get up from the place where he lies.” Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.

The proverb says, “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done” (Proverbs 19:17). David echoes that truth in today’s passage.

David was poor in body and the Hallmark cards were not stacking up on his desk. His enemies were looking forward to hearing the news that the disease had overtaken him. Even a close friend had written him off. But someone stayed to care for the king when he was down. He reminded those who are compassionate to the weak that God sees and rewards.

Do you know someone who is ill? Today is the day to reach out to them. Make a personal visit. Make a phone call. Send a card of encouragement. Remember, God blesses “those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.”

Father, help me to reach out today to a person in need. Give me the words to say that will encourage a suffering soul. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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