Daily in the Psalms : Psalm 41
THE BLESSEDNESS OF THE COMPASSIONATE
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. Psalms 41:1-3
We all know that the Bible teaches us that we are to be compassionate and that we should show our compassion by the giving of ourselves to others. But many times those that we show compassion to are ungrateful. This is a tool of Satan to try to get us to stop doing what God tells us to do. Those that are compassionate will receive compassion, those that weep will be able to console themselves in that fact that God will turn their weeping into laughter. The blessings that are promised here are for those that “considereth the poor.” It is God’s will for each of us that we try to understand the weak and the feeble, those that are in a depressed condition and need the sympathy and help of others. The Poor may be those that are in a needy condition because of poverty, sickness or sorrow. There are promised blessings for those that consider, have sympathy for and help the poor. There are many things that may come upon us at any time, afflictions, trials, pain, sorrow, sickness, etc. There is no way to be assured that these things will never come to you, but you can have the assurance that God will deliver you from them. We can expect God’s deliverance if we are careful to consider the poor. Those that are kind to others can expect the kindness of the Lord. God shields us in His kindness, while others may have no hope or help, we can have that which we need in times of trouble because we were kind to others in their times of trouble. God will preserve us with His own hand or use the hand of another, but preservation is promised to those that help preserve others. When we act in accordance to God’s glory, it is always for our good. As we do His will we are blessed by Him. His blessings are always just what we need, when we need them, happiness, prosperity, health, contentment, etc. Those that consider the poor have a special promise, when attacked by their enemies, the Lord will defend them. Our most dreaded enemy is powerless against God. He may well be able to defeat and/or destroy us, but when the Lord fights for us, he will not prevail. The goodwill of God is always stronger than the ill will of our enemy. That goodwill is assured to those that consider the poor. Regardless of what some Charismatics may say, God has never promised us that we will never be sick or have troubles. There may be times when we find ourselves languishing upon our bed for one reason or another. God will make a way for our soul to be at ease, even when our body is in pain. God can make our bed of sickness into a couch of recovery and joy. As sickness or trouble comes upon us, it is a great comfort to know that we have helped others that were in that same condition. When we have that comfort, we also have the comfort of knowing that God will reward our kindness. Every Christian should hold to this great truth, it is the Law Of Sowing And Reaping:
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward. For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks. Psalms 18:25-27
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Matthew 7:2
THE COMPLAINT OF THE COMPASSIONATE
Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more. Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Psalms 41:5-9
The Christian should work to cultivate a kind and considerate spirit toward the poor, the sorrowful and the afflicted. In so doing, we become more like Jesus and become partakers of His joy and blessing. Does this mean that when we are down, just because were did that which was right, that others will rush to our side to help us. No! Many times, we get to the point that we feel that we are all alone. This was the case with the Psalmist. He had done right, but now when he needed others to do right, they did wrong. He had some legitimate complaints. It is hard to imagine the evil that is so great that it wished those that are in trouble even more trouble, evil that desires the death of another. David’s enemies were so evil that they even desired that his name and his memory be blotted out after his death. It is one thing for someone to wish such a thing upon a bad person, perhaps someone that has committed a horrible deed, but when these things are wished upon a good person, it is unthinkable. David’s enemies were cruel hypocrites; they came to see him, pretending to be concerned, claiming to be his friends. But their real objective was to gather information with which to slander him. They wanted to find out something that they could use against him and then go out and tell it to others. It is difficult to accept or defend yourself against such enemies.
The Bible places whisperers and backbiters together as some of the worst of sinners. There is seldom whispering where there is not lying and mischief. David’s enemies were staying close to him to insure his ruin, like an evil disease that will not be satisfied until it brings death. They were there to watch him die and it was evident that they would be pleased when death came. It is no wonder that David complained about them. The term “familiar friend” is more than just an associate; it is someone very special, someone that he trusted. The phrase, “Which did eat of my bread” indicates more than someone that he had lunch with on occasion, this was someone who was supported by him, perhaps a member of his family, or at least like a member of the family. What a shock and a disappointment when a friend turns on you and kicks you like a horse that would turn on his kind and loving master. Someone has said that true love is hard to find, but true friendship is even rarer.
To show us how terrible this is, Jesus uses this Scripture as He speaks of the betrayal of Judas:
I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. (John 13:18).
No one wants such a friend and God help us not to be such a friend.
THE PRAYER AND CONFIDENCE OF THE COMPASSIONATE
But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them. By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. Psalms 41:10-12
David now calls upon God to grant unto him that which is promised to those that consider the poor: He knew that he was unworthy and he appeals to the great love and mercy of God. It is easier to plea for God’s mercy when we have extended our mercy to others. David recognizes the fact that he is a sinner and that the result of sin is suffering. Sin is the sickness of the soul and the only cure is the pardoning mercy and the renewing grace of God. This is more to be desired that the healing of our body. Remembering the cruel plans of his enemies, he asks the Lord to raise him up, something that they never thought would happen. He was asking God to foil the plans of his enemies. He was seeking more that revenge; he was seeking the vindication of right and truth.
There is nothing like knowing and experiencing the favor of God. This is not to instill pride in us, but to humble us and make the victory twice as sweet. The song and shout of the saved is that our God loves us and favors us over the wicked.
God help us to be concerned about our integrity. Too many are concerned about their reputation, but when we strive to keep our integrity in tact, God will secure our reputation. David knew that if he could keep his integrity before God, his enemies could not triumph over him. We are to do all we can to keep our integrity, but we must also realize that it is God that upholds us, we are what we are because of His grace, mercy and love. If God were to leave us to ourselves, we would surely fall. So David calls for God to uphold him. What a great comfort it is to know that no matter how weak we may be in ourselves, God is able to uphold us. His eye is always upon us and we will be set before His face forever. David had great confidence in God, so should we. It is something that we must cultivate and grow in our lives. When we learn to place our complete confidence in Him and not in ourselves, we will surely see His victory in our lives. What we or our friends cannot do, God can and will do.
BLESSED BE THE LORD GOD
Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen. (Psalms 41:13).
This is the Doxology that closes this portion of the Book of Psalms. The truth we need to see here is that blessing is ascribed to God.
God Blesses His People
As He blesses His people, those people praise Him and that causes others to look to Him. All of His works praise Him. because those works are for us and when we are blessed, we bless Him. That is the desire of God. The angels in Heaven bless Him and the redeemed bless Him.
God Is Blessed Eternally
From everlasting to everlasting!
God Is Blessed Fervently
Amen And Amen! God has been so good to us that we are forced to praise Him with all of our hearts.
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; (Psalms 107:2).
So Glad To Be So Saved
Danny "Preacher" Bezet