Verse 1 – Blessed is he who considers the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
Verse 2 – The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.
Verse 3 – The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed.
When God has blessed you, so should you show generosity to others. I believe our society has grown cold to helping others within our reach. Not all, but some. We’ve become hard-hearted towards people who have made bad choices. Some are not willing to take the time to lift another up out of discouragement. How good our God has been to us should be a reflection to others.
David wrote; if you attend to the poor, God will deliver you in the time of trouble. Look what else he says; the Lord will strengthen him when he is ill. So why would we not want to help others?
Verse 4 – I said, “Lord, be merciful to me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”
Verse 5 – My enemies speak evil of me: “When will he die, and his name perish?”
Verse 6 – And if he comes to see me, he speaks vain words; his heart gathers iniquity to itself; when he goes out, he tells it.
David’s life was full of enemies, so it’s hard to tell at what time in his life he is referring to here. However, it may have been when Absalom had divided the kingdom.
Verse 7 – All who hate me whisper together against me; against me they devise my hurt.
Verse 8 – “An evil disease,” they say, “clings to him. And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more.”
Verse 9 – Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
I think one of the worse things that can happen to a person is the betrayal from a close friend: Someone who you’ve spent time with, shared intimate details of our lives, and ate meals with. Does this sound familiar? Judas knew Jesus and traveled with Him for 3 years and then betrayed Him for 30 pieces of silver. People have betrayed others for a lot less.
Verse 10 – But You, O Lord, be merciful to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them.
Verse 11 – By this I know that You are well pleased with me, because my enemy does not triumph over me.
Verse 12 – As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, and set me before Your face forever.
Verse 13 – Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.
The ultimate reward for a person, is to be in the presence of “All Mighty God.”
The enemies we are against, is not another person. It is Satan who is after every believer to destroy the works of God and His children, but we know who is greater!