This is a very wonderful Psalm of David which he wrote while going through one of the most difficult times in his life. David begins the Psalm by saying: “Blessed are those who have regard for the weak.”
As you know Many of the things David wrote in Psalms were the things that he really experienced in his life. In fact, most of them depict his own life.
David was a man who always had great concern for the weak and the downtrodden in the society. He always cared for them and protected them. By doing so, he put into practice what he learned from the Holy Scriptures.
Saints, our Heavenly Father always had the highest concern for the weak and the oppressed in the society and He instructed the Israelites, through His Prophets, to care for them. Even many of the laws both in the Old and New Testaments reflect this truth.
Even when Lord Jesus walked up on the face of this planet earth, most of His attention was on the weak and the oppressed. He fed them, healed them and comforted them and he also instructed His disciples to do the same.
Moreover, the main focus of many of his teachings were also on the weak and the downtrodden in the society. He also offered many heavenly blessings as a reward for taking care of the weak and the oppressed in the society. In the verses below we see Lord Jesus linking acts of kindness with eternal life.
31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’( Matthew 25, 31-36)
In the above verses we see Lord Jesus separating the nations into two on the basis of their acts of kindness. He puts the ones who were kind to the weak and the oppressed in the society on the right(sheep) and the ones who were unkind on the left(goats).
Here, the separation is purely on the basis of good things each person had done during his life time. This shows how much importance Lord Jesus attaches to our acts of kindness.
The Holy Bible says: we were created by God Almighty in His image and likeness and each time when we do something good for others; we are doing it for Jesus. See the verse below:
Yes, by being kind to the poor you are lending to The LORD and HE will bless you with a double portion of blessings for the good you have done.
Saints, God’s Holy Word is true and He will do exactly what He has promised in HIS Word. If you want to be blessed in this life and also in the next life, you need to be kind to the poor. Being kind to the poor should be a natural reaction of every born-again believer in Christ. Actually, God called us to do good works in Christ.
In the verses below in Psalm 41 we could see some of the blessings that are tied to being kind to the weak and the oppressed in the society. Let us examine them one by one:
1Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. 2The Lord protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. 3The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.(Psalm 41, 1-3)
As the Psalmist says: you will be blessed in many ways If you have regard for the weak; or if you are kind to the poor. For example:
1. The LORD will deliver you in times of trouble.
2. The LORD protects you and preserves you.
3. You will not be given over to the desire of your foes.
4. The LORD will sustain you in your sickbed and will restore you to health and heal your wounds.
5. You will be counted by the society as someone blessed by the LORD.
Therefore we, as believers in Christ, should learn to be kind to the poor and the weak in the society. So that God could bless us abundantly.
Saints, if you look around in your neighborhood or community, you could find many who are weak and oppressed and they are weak and oppressed for various reasons.
Some are financially weak, some are physically and mentally sick, some are treated unjustly by the society, some are ill-treated and rejected and discarded by their own family members. When you find these people, you should not turn your face away from them. Instead, you should help them in whatever ways you could. See what the LORD Almighty says in Isaiah 58:
6“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
7Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Saints, let me tell you the truth – “Having regard for the weak” is the hallmark of a good Christian and being a good Christian is a lot more than:
“Going to church on Sunday or singing in the choir or teaching in the Sunday school or attending mid-week prayer group.”
A true Christian should live his life as his Master commanded. He should care for the weak and the oppressed in the society and this is one of his prime responsibilities as a Christian.