Wednesday, 26th August 2020
Title: The One Who Considers the Poor
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Psalm 41: 1-3
1 Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him; 2 the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; You do not give him up to the will of his enemies. 3 The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness You restore him to full health.
In the midst of trying time and suffering, how many of us remember to look at the needs of others. Naturally, when we are facing great life challenges such as terrible illness, it is rare for us NOT to dwell upon our own difficulties. When we centre our thoughts and minds upon our own suffering and problems, it will only plunge us into deeper despair and self-pity. Often times we even participate in the “who-has-it-worse” talk. If someone tells us he/she has been in pain and suffering, right away we have a story to reciprocate that we have it worse. Rather than rendering regards for the weak, we try to tell them that we are in a much deeper trouble than they do. Instead of looking inwardly to ourselves and making people pay attention to us, we need to listen and help those who are in trouble.
In this Psalm, David began “Blessed is the one who considers the poor!” What does it mean by, “considers the poor”? In verse 1, the Hebrew word “sakal” translated into English as “considers,” means “to look at; take a look at with the mind; to consider; to attend to.” The Old Testament Hebrew lexicon gives the more comprehensive meanings: “to be or become intelligent, prudent, or wise” implying maturity of understanding or judgement.” David does not simply say, “Blessed is he who sees people in need.” He is really saying, “Blessed is he who sees a need, examines the complexity of the circumstance, and thinks through how he could wisely bring about a successful solution in meeting the need.”
From verse 1 to 3, David assures his readers that God will bless and reward those who show their concern for the poor (weak); the Lord delivers, protects, preserves (keep), abides, sustains, and restores. In the gospel of Matthew, the word of God declares “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7 ESV).
God will be pleased and it is His will that Christians should help the poor and the weak. The “poor” includes those who are in need due to poverty, sickness, or experiencing loss and grief. Those who are in depressed condition need sympathy and help. For those who are compassionate and kind to the poor, they can surely expect kindness and mercy from the Lord. As we do in accordance to His will for the sake of His honour and glory, we will certainly be blessed.
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are a merciful God and You are good all the time. We have received Your mercy and kindness everyday of our lives and for this we want to praise You. Just like David who kept on praising Your name despite his suffering, we want to do the same. We pray that You will be pleased with us in whatever things we do according to Your will. We ask and pray that You will continue to be our strength when we face challenges of life – and we pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to be our guide and to help us to be steadfast in our faith especially in the midst of great despair. We praise Your great Name, O Lord. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
大卫在这诗篇以 “眷顾贫穷的有福了“ 开首。何谓 “眷顾贫穷” ？第一节，希伯来文 “sakal” 被译为英语的 “considers”（中文为“眷顾”）意即 “看、留心地看、考虑、照料”。旧约希伯来文字汇给予更全面的含义：“成为或变得聪明，审慎或明智”，意味着理解或判断的成熟。大卫不仅是说 “看见人有需要的有福了“ 他是在说：“看见需要，审视情况的复杂性并思考如何能明智地为满足需求而提供成功解决方案的人是有福的。“
亲爱的天父，祢是有恩慈的神。祢一直如此的美好。我们一生中每天都蒙受祢的怜悯和恩慈，为此，我们要赞美祢。正如大卫在遭受患难时仍不断赞美祢一样，我们也要如此。我们祈愿祢会喜悦我们按照祢的旨意所行的一切事。我们祈求在面临人生挑战的日子，祢继续是我们的力量 – 我们也祈求圣灵继续为我们的向导，尤其是在绝望时，帮助我们有坚稳的信心。神啊，我们称颂祢的名。我们奉主耶稣的名祈求，阿门。