Hated Without a Cause
My great God, I, too, say “Praise be to the Lord … from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen” (Psa. 41:13).
Read Psalm 41:1-13
 For the director of music. A psalm of David.
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). When we recognize God’s great care of us, we will truly care for others!
From his resources, the psalmist made provisions for the needy. However, he is now sick and in that condition he cries out to God believing that he is able and willing to help him (3). The caring character of the psalmist is a response to belief in a caring God, just as the Thessalonians became changed people when they stopped worshipping pagan gods (1 Thess.1:9,10). It is a belief that we have a God who cares for us that makes us care for others. This psalm is regarded as one of the Messianic Psalms, and v. 9 is used in Matthew’s Gospel (Matt. 26:23) to refer to Judas’ betrayal. We are reminded not only of the care that the Lord gives to David, but also of the greater suffering of Jesus so that we might live. We can come to God conscious that the one who cares for us has also shared in our suffering.
The attitude of the psalmist’s enemies reminds us also of those who taunted Jesus on the cross. Opposition to Jesus characterizes those who hate goodness and oppose righteousness. Blogs that attack Christians manifest the vilest hatred. They rejoice in any adversity that comes to believers. It is under the attack of his enemies that the psalmist cries out for relief from his sickness, not only because he wants his own suffering to end but, also, so that the integrity of his relationship with God may be demonstrated. His healing will show that his sins really have been forgiven.
This psalm ends with praise for the Lord (13). Whatever circumstance his people face, he is our God who is to be praised. Paul looked for the revelation of the glory of God in his people. That is what the psalmist looks for as well. Do we?
Let this psalm challenge you to consider whether there are any good works you are neglecting. Seek forgiveness and a new resolve to serve those who are needy.
Gentle Shepherd, You care for me in so many amazing ways. I pray for an opportunity today to demonstrate such care to any needy person who crosses my path.
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