God Cares for the Needy
Loving Lord, You are the author of my joys and the bearer of my pain. Replenish the reservoirs of my soul with Your power and love.
Read Psalm 9:1-20
 For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“Leave it all in the hands that were wounded for you” (Elisabeth Elliot, 1926-2015). This psalm reminds us that God does care for the needy.
When you read the newspapers, watch the news or speak to someone who is oppressed, you may feel that God does not care about the needy or do anything about the tyrants and bullies who appear to have their way in the world. Amid such powerful forces, we may wonder where God is and whether he even knows what is happening. This psalm gives deep reassurance that God does indeed know and care (see 1 Pet. 3:12).
First, God will outlast everything (7), including his enemies and all wicked forces. Second, he will rule firmly (4,7). Third, he will judge righteously (4,8). Therefore, our ultimate hope is in him, our refuge and stronghold (9). The needy can seek justice and sustenance from him, for just as he never ignores injustice, he never ignores the needy (10,12,18). Evil may appear to reign today, but tomorrow God will remove all evil. He is our final court of appeal; we can trust him to mete out justice and establish his rule over all. The wicked will not be allowed to triumph (19), for God is the ultimate Judge and Victor.
The continuing wickedness around us may trouble us deeply, but we must remember who God is: he is the eternal King and coming Judge. At times, we may feel overwhelmed by the forces of evil in our world. Although they may appear invincible, Scripture reminds us, “they are only mortal” (20). Even the most powerful must stand before the Judge (Rom. 14:11-12). We can trust God and pray to him in our distress, for he will never ignore our cries for mercy and help. “In God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psa. 56:11).
God does not ignore the needy and neither must we. Consider those in need around you and consider how you can attend to them with God’s love and justice.
Eternal King and Judge, Your very title reassures me and strengthens my resolve. What a great God I worship and serve!
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