Saturday, February 28, 2009

Poor and Needy

O LORD hear me: for I am poor and needy. Psalm 86:1

David was a rich man. Once his kingdom was established, nothing was withheld from this king.

And yet he cries to the Lord from penurious, pitiful poverty.

That just goes to show that riches do not buy happiness, beauty is only skin deep and popularity is fleeting.

This roller coaster of life can take us from Alpine apexes to depths of discouragement in no time flat. We had better have an anchor for our souls. There must be something in our lives or Someone Who is a Rock, that which never changes.

The word "poor" in our verse here means "depressed in mind or circumstances, afflicted, humbled."

It doesn't matter how we try to insulate ourselves from the circumstances of life, they always find their way through the cracks and into our experience.

Thank God that He is always there, right beside us, in fact, right inside of us to incline His ear to our cries of circumstantial penury.

A word to the wise... David reveals to us in subsequent verses that there are preconditions that ensure God's mercy in such times. They are; living a holy life, serving God, placing our trust only in Him and lifting up our souls to Him.

Whatever circumstance you find yourself in today, whether you are experiencing mountaintop blessings or are feeling poor and needy, look to the Lord on high for preservation of soul, mercy and the ability to rejoice in the midst of it all.

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