Pray For The Needy

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"Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them." (Ecclesiastes 4:1).

During the time of harvest and when meat was being prepared for the smokehouse or placed in salt bins for curing, my grandfather would always invite those in the community who were less fortunate to help. His purpose was to let the community enjoy the associated festivities, to also take some of the harvest for their families and to give thanks to our Lord for such blessings. He understood that the needy would always be with us, that in the year's cycles of time, misfortune can fall on any family.

There are types of men who wash themselves in their own righteousness, who think of themselves as being better than the rest of society but are continually taking advantage of the poor and needy. Their mouths spew forth pretty words all while they take advantage of the helpless. Amos put it this way; "Because they sell the righteous for money And the needy for a pair of sandals. "These who pant after the very dust of the earth on the head of the helpless Also turn aside the way of the humble; And a man and his father resort to the same girl In order to profane My holy name." (Amos 2:6b-7).

Proverbs 30 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 30:14 "(14) There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords, And his jaw teeth like knives, To devour the afflicted from the earth, And the needy from among men."

Psalm 72:1-4 (Theme: Blessings On God's King). "(1) Give the king Thy judgments, O God, And Thy righteousness to the king's son. (2) May he judge Thy people with righteousness, And Thine afflicted with justice. (3) Let the mountains bring peace to the people, And the hills in righteousness. (4) May he vindicated the afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy, And crush the oppressor."

Today's question. Do you pray for the poor?

"Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in thee; And in the shadow of Thy wings I will take refuge, Until destruction passes by." (Psalm 57:1).

This is a prayer of the poor and needy. What are they requesting? Are they asking for food to fall down out of heaven? Are they asking for a harvest without the investment of work? No. They are asking for protection from forces beyond their control. Later, in Psalm 57:4, the same language is used that is used in today's Proverb. "My soul is among lions; I must lie among those who breathe forth fire, Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue a sharp sword."

And in today's Psalm, the prayer of the poor is for the children of the needy to be saved and for those who have teeth like swords to be crushed. Which side are you on? The side of Satan and the oppressors or the side of God and those who choose to align themselves with Him and perform their duty in Christian service.

Dear God, help me to be on the side of righteousness. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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