Gems 2015 — June 27 Scripture Selection: Psalm 41-42

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

June 27 Scripture Selection: Psalm 41-42

Food for Thought: Ps. 41:1-3

All around us there are people in need, regardless of their income. Some are desperate for the Truth; some just need a word of encouragement; some need guidance; some need our precious time; and some need support. That support may be moral, financial, or of another kind. The key is to not turn a blind eye to the opportunity to be of help to someone as we go throughout our day representing Jesus, our Lord.

James 2:15, 16 speaks of giving as an essential part of manifesting our faith. He says, “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” A similar admonition is found in Proverbs 10:13 : “Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard.”

Though we do not give out of a selfish motive, there are great benefits for the giver. The Lord promises in His Word that those who give to the poor will be delivered from all kinds of hardships and dangers (Ps. 41:1-3). In addition, the Lord will make sure that you are compensated for the expense. Giving to the poor is like a loan to God which He gladly repays (Prov. 19:17). And men will bless the giver, too. “Give, and it will be given to you,” Jesus assures, “good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you (Luke 6:38).”

Some may argue, “I have my hands full just to take care of myself and my family.” It is even better to give to the needy in such a situation. Remember the poor widow who gave her last bit of food to the prophet (I Kings 17:10-16)? Proverbs 28:27 reminds us that “he who gives to the poor will not lack.” As we give whole heartedly, the Lord will provide even more so that we can continue in this generous lifestyle, according to Second Corinthians 9:8-10:

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written:

‘He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.’

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.”

It is, indeed more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). “He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor (Prov. 22:9).” May we all experience the absolute joy of being God’s instrument today as we give and make a difference in someone’s life.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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1 Response to Gems 2015 — June 27 Scripture Selection: Psalm 41-42

  1. Very good, thank you.

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