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Blessed is he who considers the poor; The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. 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. The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed. Psalm 41:1-3

Insight: Christians are not immune from poverty, sickness, or disease. However, God is so gracious that He gives us insight into His heart regarding these matters. Here, we are reminded that our actions have a cause-and-effect interaction. God has promised those who take special care to help the needy, that He will take care to act on their behalf, in their time of need.

Two key words in this passage that you may want to focus on are "strength" and "sustain". Strength will help us do what we have to do when dealing with our own sickness. God takes our case into consideration and then sends us the very things we need to get us through such a time. Sustain means to supply with the necessities or nourishment to keep from falling or sinking, or to bear up under, or support from below.

How wonderful it is to know that the Lord God, Himself, promises to bear our burdens. He has promised through His Son Jesus Christ that we need not carry the load.

The next time you see someone in dire need, remember that you are, in a sense, storing up your own blessings as you consider the poor. There may come a day when you will reap those very treasures.

Dear Father and King: Please help me to consider the poor and those around me who are in need. May my eyes be opened to their dilemma, and give me a heart to make a difference in someone’s life when it is in my power to do so. In Jesus' Name, I pray. Amen.